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North Berwyn School District 98 Board of Education

Berwyn, IL

Joseph A. Festa Berwyn Age 66 Occupation Retired, crossing guard

1. What is your party affiliation? Democrat

2. In your view, what's the most important issue in this election, and how would you address it? The most important issue in this election is funding. The state’s budget will not be getting better anytime soon, and our schools will continue getting IOUs instead of checks from the state. That means we have to use every dollar we do get as efficiently as possible. It means finding the best deals on the supplies and materials we purchase. It also means that if there are redundant or unnecessary positions in the staff and administration of the district, we need to have a serious conversation about eliminating those position. The children of District 98 deserve the very best education, and it’s our duty as board members to do everything necessary to provide that education. That means that in times like these we must get the most value out of every dollar, and giving the children and teachers of the district all the support they need.

3. Why do you believe that voters should select you? Before retiring in June 2010 I spent 31 years working for District 98. I work in all four of the school buildings, and was head building custodian for the construction of Prairie Oak School, as well as the renovation and addition to Lincoln Middle School. For 15 years of my career I was union steward for the custodians, and negotiated six contracts with the district. I am very well acquainted, not only with how each of the buildings operate, but the intricacies of negotiating a contract that affects the lives of dozens of people. I will bring those years of experience to the table, and make sure that every school in the district is as clean, safe and efficiently run as possible. I will make sure that every contract negotiated is fair to all parties concerned, and provides our children with the very best education. And, most important, I will make sure that we are hiring the best-qualified, and most-talented teachers, administrators, and staff members so that District 98 is setting the standard other districts want to follow.

Stephen J. Lancsak Berwyn Age 65 Occupation Consultant

1. What is your party affiliation? Nonpartisan

2. In your view, what's the most important issue in this election, and how would you address it? There are no unimportant issues when it comes to educating the children of District 98. The most important issue in most Illinois school districts today is finances. Although District 98 is presently in excellent financial shape, I am concerned that future revenues could suffer due to (1) declining community property values and (2) the dismal financial condition of the State of Illinois. District 98 projects both revenues and expenditures three years into the future, and formulates risk-based contingency plans. No changes are needed in the district budget at this time. It is balanced. We have not had to lay off teachers, increase class sizes and cut programs as have many districts throughout the state. If I am elected to another term, I will do my part to ensure that the district anticipates and appropriately reacts to changing financial conditions with minimal impact to the quality of student education.

3. Why do you believe that voters should select you? Voters should select me based on my experience and proven effectiveness: I am proud of District 98’s many accomplishments during my 9 years as a Board Member, some of which include: 1. Student achievement has increased each of the last six years as measured by the percentage of students meeting or exceeding state tests. 2. Class sizes have been dramatically reduced despite increased student enrollment through construction of the new Prairie Oak Elementary School and additions at the Havlicek Elementary, Jefferson Elementary and Lincoln Middle schools. 3. The district utilizes a comprehensive Strategic Planning process to address 14 different areas with input from administrators, teachers, parents and interested community members. 4. District 98 currently has Financial Recognition status, the highest rating from the Illinois Association of School Boards. 5. The district is on track to be debt free in 2013. 6. The District provides students with a host of after school activities to complement classroom instruction. 7. We have partnered with the North Berwyn Park District to provide quality community programs at school facilities during off hours at minimal cost to taxpayers. Finally, I have achieved IASB recognition as Master Board Member through attendance at seminars and meetings.

Brian Swade Berwyn Age 30 Occupation Mechanical Engineer, BNSF Railway

1. What is your party affiliation? Nonpartisan

2. In your view, what's the most important issue in this election, and how would you address it? The most important issue in this election is to maintain District 98’s financial health, while continuing to increase District 98’s state test scores as I have done during my current 4 year tenure as a Board Member.

3. Why do you believe that voters should select you? Voters should select me for the following reasons: 1. During my 4 year tenure on the school board, I have helped maintain “Financial Recognition” status according to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for District 98, while at the same time, hired more teachers, and increased test scores for District 98 as a whole each year. 2. Due to the excellent financial shape of District 98, I do not see a need to raise taxes. 3. In 2008, I was able to work with the certified teachers union to agree on a 4 year contract. 4. I am a product of the education system, attending Jefferson and Lincoln, along with my two other siblings. We all received an excellent education in District 98, helping us become a Pharmacist, Engineer, and Teacher.

Fritz Paul-Emile Berwyn Age 41 Occupation Industrial Security Supervisor

1. What is your party affiliation? Nonpartisan

2. In your view, what's the most important issue in this election, and how would you address it? Quality of education is very important and I continue to support our administration as they are doing a great job. They are very focused on our children and I will continue to assist not only as a parent but also as a board member because the end result is for all children to succeed.

3. Why do you believe that voters should select you? I am a positive role model that wants to give back to our community. My goal is for the children of our community to continue to receive the best education possible.

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