April 9th elections are approaching fast. I am reminding everyone to VOTE. Every citizen has a duty to help their community and one of these duties is to VOTE. Many people have become dissatisfied with their public officials.
I can speak from experience and say that the job of being on a school board is not an easy one. There are many rules and regulations keeping you from explaining what you do and why you do it.
However, be rest assured that no decision made is easy and many hours and combined thoughts by many people go into making these decisions.
Working with a budget that is shrinking is not an easy task. You can no longer be a good candidate for the school board by being a warm body with a one-purpose agenda. Please pick your choices carefully.
Here are some of the questions you might ask the 6 candidates running for the three positions.
1. Why do you want to be board member? Do you like children?
2. What positive ideas would you like to see happen to promote our children’s education in District #54?
3. Have you attended any board meetings or committee meetings before deciding to run for the board? (Most all board members serve on at least one committee.)
4. Have you volunteered at the school or with any children’s activities?
5. Do you have any experience in business? Do you know how to read a spread sheet? (Since 80 percent or more of our duties deal with looking at finance, this is very important.)
6. What is your background experience?
7. Will you be willing to serve on at least one committee during your four-year stay?
8. How much time can you spend while serving on the board?
I can answer these questions for one of the candidates running — Jim Ringer (#4 on the ballot).
Jim is running for re-election; he has served on the board for the last five years. He has served as board vice president and also on the Finance Committee. He has also been one of the team members for the board when negotiating teacher contracts.
In our Finance Committee, Jim’s expertise in financial instruments, including bonds, has been invaluable to us. He has helped us formulate a plan to pay back our building bonds on White Oak School. He is a senior vice president and regional manager of the Wealth Management Division at First Midwest Bank.
No person on our current board, nor any of the other prospective candidates, has the experience that Jim does in public finance. Besides being a great board member, Jim has been active in youth sports, served as a past president of the local Morris Rotary Club, and is a retired major from the Marine Corps Reserves.
He continues to provide local service as a member of the Morris Rotary Club. As you can see, Jim is a vital member of our community and our District 54 School Board; please vote for him.