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e Insured Quality Work Free EStilates Call Shawn 414-5413 i Once again we are having our annual Pancake & Sausage breakfast at our flrehouse. The price is... your generous.donation ; We bope to see you there! A Look at the SchoolBoard Candidates - In their Own Words 12 o ASHLEY COMBS BILL RUCKS DAVID M. SMITH What goals do you hope to achieve if you What goals do you hope to achieve if you What goals do you hope to achieve if you are elected? elected? are elected? As a parent of a preschooler at MPGS, Ensure all educational programs con- I can't say that if I am elected that I want to see our schools provide the best tinue to improve and prepare our students I. have a list of goals that I want to achieve possible, vell-rounded education. I plan for their f'uture endeavors, immediately in my first 6--12 months. " on looking at the long-term health of our Continue to provide a safe environment A personal goal would be to listen and district as I have a strong interest in the for our students, teachers, and staff, to learn how I can best serve our school, success of our schools over the next sev- Utilize local, state, and federal tax dol- students and community. However, as eral years. I hope to keep our students lars to the best benefit for our school dis- an over goal, I would like to think that I and their best interest at the heart of every trict could help ensure that our district remains -decision. I want to give our children the Keep our schools local, this is very a solid institution and provides everything ~. best opportunities, in academics as well as important to me. that it can for our current and future stu- in life skills, that we can to hblp them to What special strengths do you believe you dents. have successful futures, would bring to the board? What special strengths do you believe you P'I What special slrenoths do you believe you I have a Bachelor of Science in Elemen- would bfino-to the board? would bring to the board? tary Education from the University of Illi- Working in the private sector has I am passionate about our schools, our nois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master afforded me many opportunities to work community, and our youth. I believe that of Arts in Educational Administration alongside many personality types, varying this passion combined with my abilities to from Sangamon State University. In addi- levels of budgets, and difficult situations. work well with a team, effectively commu- tion, I have 24+ post graduate hours in edu- Because of my professional eXperience, nicate with others, and analytically think cation. I have 33 years as a teacher for the I feel I bring several strengths that can through decisions will be beneficial to the Mount Pulaski School District, 26 years carry over to the educational system. For board, as a-high school basketball coach, and 28 instance, my strong team management What's your "hot button"? What moved years as a junior high school track coach, skills will be valuable in helping the board you to run for the school board? During my tenure as teacher I served on move together in the best interests of stu- I decided to run for school board various committees which included text- dents, faculty, staff, administration and because I care about our youth and our. book, insurance, curriculum development, community. I have had to deal with busi- community. I hear complaints and have negotiations and was Co-President of the hess situations that seem to have no-win complaints about our schools. I.believe Mount Pulaski Educational Association. solutions. But using a team-approach that if you want change, you need to take My educational experience, I believe, gives model, we were able to navigate to an an active role in making change happen, me an tmderstanding regarding the func- ending which provided a viable solution What do you think is the relationship tions of the school district. I was a Park for all parties. Further, having to corn- between the dislrict and the public? Board Member for 16 years for the Mt. municate with a variety of personalities I believe that the district has a respon- Pulaski Park District. enables me the ability to actively commu- sibility to serve the entire district and to What's your "hot button"? What moved nicate with parents' needs as well as those make decisions that.are in" the best inter- you to run for the school board?of the diverse learners in the district. -J est of the entire community. The district I am running for the school board What's your "hot button"? What moved must provide the best education possible because of my interest in education and you to run for the school board? for the students with the resources avail- the welfare of our students, teachers, staff, If I had a "hot button", I would have able to them. and schools, to say that it is simply the kids and the What are your positions - if any- on text- What do you think is the relationship community. I would like to do my part to book adoption, extracurricular activities, between the district and the public? ensure the longevity of this school district. curriculum standards, construction of new I've always had a good relationship with So on that note, I would not call it a "Hot school facilities? the district. I feel this question is directed Button". I only know that our current and Textbook adoption: I believe that having to the district population and therefore, previous board members have dedicated up-to-date, relevant, and reliable informa- I'm unable to answer for all. their time to the school and the commu- tion is critical to providing an education to What are your positions- if any- on text- nity. With two current members stepping our students. With that being said, there book adoption, extracurricular activities, down and two others up for re-election I are numerous sources of information. I curriculum standards, conslruction of new felt that is was a great opportunity for me find that providing consistency through- school facilities? to step up and serve our district and corn- out the grades by using a specific series I have had experience in the majority of munity as they had. of textbooks is beneficial. However, I feel these topicsbutwithoutknowingwhatthe What do you think is the relationship . that the teachers should be encouraged to present issues are I am unable to give you between the district and thepublic? " pull in other types of information that will my position. I do feel that with my expe- If you asked this question to 100com- allow them to convey their lessons in a rience I would he able to make fair and munity members, I believe that you would way that best matches their class, knowledgeable decisions regarding them. get 100 different answers. However, in Extracurricular activities: I strongly What do you want the voters to know visiting with community members, some believe that extracurricular activities, about your candidacy?, feel that there is more than can be done by including but not limited to sports, music, I will work hard for the district and our current members which Can make for and academic clubs, are an important part make it the best it can be with the resources an uneasy relationship. Although, there of an education. I feel that these oppor- available. The community and schools are are others that know the board has the tunities provide skills that have lifelong very important to me. district's best interest at the fore front and importance, Coaches provide discipline, strive to do what is right 100% of the time. teammates hold one another accouatabl If elected, I hope to be able to close the and being on a team teaches respons ility gap between any disconnect that the corn- and commitment, mtmity has with the school board. Cont'd Page 14- See "A loj Combs" Cont'd Page 14- See "David M. Smith"