- Position sought: Board member, Ridgeland School Dist. 122
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hometown: Oak Lawn
- Age: Did not provide answer.
- Family: Seven grown children: Fred Jr, Bruce, Joseph, Steven, Christine Deliam Jeffrey aand Kevin. Seventeen grandchldrenm 15 great-grandchildren. Husband Fred, Sr. is deceased (married 44 years).
- Education: Moraine Valley Community College, associate’s degree in library science.
- Occupation: Retired; previously worked 29 years as school librarian for Dist. 122.
- Previous elected office: Dist. 122 board member for 16 years.
- Applicable experience qualifying you for the position: I've been a member of the Ridgeland Dist. 122 school board for 16 years. I'm always learning something new, not that you know everything. Each district superintendent brings in their own ideas and you always learn something new from each one. So many think you can get on the board and change everything. It takes at least two years before you even have your feet wet. There are always special meetings or something that ocmes up that requires a meeting. It’s a lot of time. I have the time because I’m retired and I can research things before I make a decision.
What is the primary reason you are running for this office? I do feel that are some things left undone that I would like to see get done, such as restablishing more time for art and music. I'd like to see the library open afterschool so that children who don't have computers at home or can't get to the public library at night can use the computers to research for homework (I have volunteered to work at the library afterschool.) I'd also like to see the district implement its own before and afterschool care.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected? To establish an all-day kindergarten.
What sets you apart from the other candidates? Experience.
How long have you lived in Oak Lawn? Since 1945.
What is your favorite thing about Dist. 122? I think we have very good teachers and searched for those who are highly qualified. The board we have right now is one of the best boards that I've worked with. We don't alway agree, but we always work together and discuss things civilly. We don't scream at each other unlike the Oak Lawn Village Board.
What is the biggest problem facing Dist. 122? Our financial situation. I’d like to see the funds get to a point where we don’t have to worry about laying off teachers and staff, or cutting programs for students.