Friday, June 24, 2011
D-15 board member pushes to create new policy to control opinions of others
It’s interesting how things work out. The idea of an ethics commission, sanctioning or even “policing” school board member behavior in Community Consolidated School District 15 would never have seen the light of day in years past. The idea of reviewing and updating the district’s ethics policy was brought forward by board member Peggy Babcock and discussed at the June meeting. Standard Illinois school board ethics policies essentially prohibit employees and board members from using district resources to conduct political activities – such as campaigning for or against a particular candidate. However as private citizens, they are free to exercise their First Amendment rights. As school board president Tim Millar explained, school boards …
Thursday, April 28, 2011
A new school board was seated in Community Consolidated School District 15 Wednesday.
A new era began in Community Consolidated School District 15 Wednesday, with the seating of three newly-elected school board members. Scott Herr, Manjula Sriram and Gerard Iannuzzelli were elected to the school board April 5. Former school board president Gerald Chapman and vice president James Ekeberg were defeated in the election. Sue Quinn chose not to seek re-election. School board member Dave Seiffert also is relatively new to the board having been appointed in February to replace Mark Bloom who resigned his seat because of scheduling conflicts. After seating its new members, the school board elected Tim Millar president by a vote of 4 to 3. Millar voted for himself along with Herr, Sriram and Iannuzzelli. Millar is the longest …
Friday, March 18, 2011
Candidates are willing to engage the community before the election but will it continue after the votes are counted Tuesday, April 5.
Is community engagement a high priority for our local school board candidates? It better be. On any school district organization chart, Community is at the top. They have one employee – the School Board. Every two years the Community has the opportunity to conduct a performance evaluation on those members whose terms are expiring yet want to continue to be employed. There is no tenure on school boards. New applicants have just as much a chance at proving themselves to the Community to secure one of those four-year positions. Over the past few weeks, Community Consolidated School District 15 and Township High School District 211 school board candidates had the opportunity to answer questions in public forums and complete questionnaires …
District 15 school board candidates participated in a forum held by the Northwest Suburban Council of PTA/PTSA.
The six candidates vying for three seats on the District 15 school board squared off at a public forum Thursday. The forum took place in the gymnasium of Walter Sundling Jr. High School. Early voting for the April 5 election already is underway. Registered voters can cast their ballot at the Palatine Village Hall, 200 E. Wood St. The District 15 race includes three incumbents Gerald Chapman, James Ekeberg and Dave Seiffert. Chapman and Ekeberg were elected four years ago, Seiffert was appointed to the board to fill a vacant seat. The challengers—Scott Herr, Manjula Sriram and Gerard Iannuzzelli—are running as a slate. The six candidates answered questions from the audience for more than an hour. Among the topics was what could be done to …
Monday, March 14, 2011
Palatine sent questionnaires to the six candidates competing for three seats on the Community Consolidated School District 15 school board.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Six candidates are vying for three open seats on the Community Consolidated School District 15 board in the April 5 election. Palatine Patch asked each candidate to answer questions related to their candidacy. Gerald Chapman Biography: Questions 1) What steps should District 15 take to balance its budget? It is the superintendent's responsibility to provide the school board with options and recommendations to reduce expenditures. That process is underway. Once those options and recommendations have been received and considered, then the school board will make final decisions. It is important to me that the reductions which have long-term impact be given highest priority so that the district can maintain long-term financial stability. 2) …
Thursday, December 23, 2010
There will be six candidates vying for three seats this April for the Community Consolidated School District 15 board.
Six candidates will compete for three spots on the Community Consolidated School District 15 board in the April election. The final day to file was Monday and two candidates waited until the final day to drop their election petitions off at the district office. The field features two incumbent school board members – board president Gerald Chapman and James Ekeberg. The four challengers are Scott Herr, Manjula Sriram, Dave Seiffert and Gerard Iannuzzelli. Incumbent Sue Quinn chose not to seek reelection. Chapman has the most experience in education. Before becoming a school board member for District 15 in 2007, Chapman worked for Township High School District 211 for 36 years, including 11 as superintendent. "Education has been my career …