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/ ASHLEY COMBS DAVID M. SMITH Curriculum standards: I feel that having What ate your positions - if any - on text- curriculum standards are important for book adoption, extracurricular activi s, the success of our students. Parents and curriculum standards, construction of new students need to have defined expectations school faciliti ? for each subject and school year. Teach- Text Book Adoption - When research- ers should have clear directives on what ing new textbooks, it is, vital that the they are expected to convey to their stu- teachers and other others involved in the dents but should have freedom in deciding process look for continuity in publishers, how to teach the expected material. They adherence to state standards and price. should be held accountable for teaching Extracurricular Activities - I am a firm the s(andards, believer in offering as many extracurricu- Construction of new school facilities: far activities as possible. Students need Construction of new facilities is some- to have options; that is what makes them times necessary, but it must be carefully, stronger and more rounded. So I will pro- considered, especially with the condition mote and be an advocate of any activity of our state's finances. As our buildings that we can offer to our students, as long age, maintenance becomes more impor- as it makes sense and is financial feasible. tant so that we can continue using the Curriculum Standards - The adminis- facilities that are existing, tration needs to help the teachers in pro- What do you want the voters to know ducing a curriculum map that outlines the about your candidacy?, state standards and is reviewed each year. I have4 a strong commitment to and Also, by looking at the standardized test interest in the Mt. Pulaski School District. scores, teachers and administrators can My parents graduated from Mt. Pulaski. find the gaps in the curriculum and make My husband and I attended Mt. Pulaski adjustments. By committing to reviewing schools throughout our entire grade school the current curriculum and being wiU- and high school tenure and both gradu- ing to make adjustments; the faculty can ated from MPHS. My son is in preschool ensure that the students are meeting and at MPGS For at least the next 13 years, exceeding the requirements being imposed I plafi to ha*ve a student in this district. I by the state government. want what is best for not only my son, but New School Facilities - As the pros- for all of the students in the district, pect of new school facilities arises, I will always be in favor of trying to fulfill the needs of our school's infrastructure if it xs JOHN STEWART truly needed and financially doable. How- At this time, more emphasis needs to be ever, from my past and current business placed on maintaining the current facili- experiences, I know that there is a fine line ties while keeping costs manageable, between expanding your infrastructure In the near future, if the district enroll- and having the capital to actually com- ment would increase and the payments plete it. from the State of Illinois would become What flo you want the voters to know dependable then the decision for new con- about your candidacy?. struetion would have to be voted on by the I would like the voters to know that I tax payers in an election, have very strong ties to this community What to you want the voters to know and school district. I want to see our kids about your candidacy?, grow and learn to the best of their abilities I want the voters to know that I intend in one of the best ways possible, and that to serve the taxpayers and students as is in a small town school with strong corn- an advocate of quality education that is munity pride. This community has given drivenby excellent educators and admin- a lot to me through my years here and I istrators. I will be a voice for the students want to give back. I know that our dis- and people of the district and bring issues tdct, like many small districts across the to the table with the intention of finding state, have some challenges ahead of them reasonable, cost conscious and fair solu-_ stemming directly from the steep cuts that tions, our government continues to press upon us. Although, I think our community and district will continue to push on like we always have, and our community will con- tinue to grow ever stronger. School Board Candidates Questions Ashley Combs - David M. Smith Doug Martin - John Stewart Scott Doerr (See Page 15) Cont'd From Pages 12-13 DOUG MARTIN 14 What is your "hat button"? What moved On curriculum standards, I believe that you to run for the school board? we are offering a very good opportunity I do not believe having a "hot button" for our students to prepare for college, or personal agenda is a good reason for technical school, or the job force. I think running for the board. The reason I ran that bringing back our pre-school program t for school board was because I wanted to was a very important deeision and will be a part of the decisions that will shape continue to benefit all of.0ur kids. I am a big believer in technology and adapting our district and community for the future. Growing up and graduating from this k to our classrooms as soon as it is pos- community I have been afforded a lot of sible. Technology will allow us to better opportunities. Being on the board has adapt a broader range curriculum that will allowed me to give back to the community give students more options. The district is in exchange for those opportumties, currently reviewing options for students to What flo you think is the relationship take AP, dual credit, and credit recovery between the district and the public? courses which will aUow students who I believe that the relationship with the desire to do so to be even more prepared public is a good one. I always try to make for college or catch up on classes that a myself available to anyone who calls or student has struggled with. The district is wants to speak with me. There are situ- also working on the implementation of ations when people are unhappy with a the common core state standards. This is a decision or would like to see things done curriculum that approved by 45 differ- differently. One thing I have learned is that ent states that will bring a more aggressive there are two sides to every story whether set of standards to our district and allow it involves discipline, an employee, or a sit- our students to be even more prepared for uation that has happened. A lot of times the future. I will continue to work with the when someone is upset about something administration to make sure we are offer- or someone there is another person that is ing the best classes, hiring the best teach- on the other side of the fence. I try to take ers, and adapting the best technology that in both sides and explain why the district will prepare our students for the future. is making the decisions. If I am re-elected, Construction of new facilities. With parts I will continue to make myself available to of the high school over 100 years old I anyone who has a question or concern. I believe that there has to be some contin- think it is important to gather input from ued discussion of our options and what the public in regards to the future of the the future holds for Mt. Pulaski. The district. As we go forward with possible 2006 ,addition to the high school was a talk about school facilities and the goals wonderful asset to the community and a of the district it wiLl be important to have great addition to the high school. Our stu- input from the commuifity members, dent population has continued to decline What are your positions- if any- on text- slightly each year but is not near levels book adoption, extracurricular activities, that would cause us to look elsewhere for curriculum standards, construction of new educational opportunities. I believe that scSool facilities? if we are going to continue to maintain The district has always been on a regular and attract families to our community, schedule to keep the most current curricu- we have to show we are progressive and lum and rotate the purchase of textbooks able to provide a high quality education. on a regular basis. With the current finan- By having up to date facilities, it will only cial situation and cuts in state revenue we enhance the education that we can give are delaying some of those renewals for a our students. However, this being said we year or two to try and reduce expenses. I also have to "live within our means" and feel that textbooks are important to keep be in a financial position to take on the current, but also realize that we may be project and stay viable. able to streamline the textbooks and other -- What do you want voters to know about features together thl"ough technology in your candidacy'/ the future. I am very excited to see how My wife Erin and I were both born and technology changes this process and can raised in the Mt. Pulaski community. I make learning more efficient and adapt- graduated from Southern Illinois Uni- able to the students in our district, versity @ Carbondale in 1997 and then I believe extracurricular activities are returned home to the family ,farm. We extremely important to a school district have four children (Drew 10, Alec 7, Luke such as ours. Major universities, such 5, and Ella 2) that attend or will be attend- gs the U of I, put a lot of consideration ing the district in the future. My family into being accepted based a student's has a tremendous amount of pride in the involvement in extracurricular activities communities that make up the school dis- and their responsibilities with those activi- trict and the people that live here. I want ties. Whether it is drama club, music, art, to continue to be a part of the board so I FCCLA, FF L, scholastic bowl or sports, I can help make the decisions and policies think the majority of students m our dis- that will keep the school distdct'in our trict benefit from these activities andiI will community and keep our communities a continue to work hard to make sure our place where people want to raise and edu- district can offer those activities, cate their children. O gr h) O