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Anderson: Board stuck together on tough issues

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Sep 01, 2017
Jennifer Anderson

Fifteen people are in the running for seats on the Fairfield Community School District’s board of directors this year, and The Ledger will showcase each one one with a mini-profile from now until just before the election on Sept. 12.

Candidates were given the opportunity to respond to five questions. Today’s showcase features Jennifer Anderson, a sitting school board member up for re-election for one of three four-year terms.

 

1. Please briefly explain what prompted you to run for a seat on the Fairfield Community School District’s board of directors?

Originally, I ran because I believe in our public education system, the importance of a strong school district for our local community, wanting to give back to my community, and wanting a challenge. Now, after recently completing eight consecutive years serving on the board, I am more firmly committed and passionate about public education. The board has put in place several changes recently and I want to see them through directly.

 

2. What do you think the current board is doing right? Are there any areas that you think the board could improve upon?

Since I am a member of the current board, I stand behind the decisions that we made and the processes we used. While not all individuals are happy with those decisions, I believe they are the best for the district as a whole. We stuck together as a team on some tough issues that could have split many boards. There’s always ways to improve and I think that constantly checking the processes is a good place to start.

 

3. If elected to the school board, what assets would you bring to the table? Please talk about both your professional and personal experiences.

The biggest asset I bring is experience. With five new members out of seven, this is a big factor. School finance, public meetings laws and practices, the education business as a whole, state laws impacting schools and public employees are all complex issues and I have a depth of knowledge that can help with this transition as well as keeping the district business continuous. I am open minded, honest, fair, a deep thinker, and have no other agenda than the drive to make this the best school district possible.

 

4. What is your stance on the latest hot button issues, such as grade alike, Libertyville Elementary School closing etc.?

Unlike the other candidates, my stance on these issues is very public. I can say that it is very different sitting at the board table making these decisions rather than the seats in the audience. Casting these votes is emotional yet has to be based on logic. Putting the welfare of all students and the performance of the district in the forefront is imperative.

5. What unique thing or things about you helps to distinguish you from your peers?

I have a proven record of faithful service to the community; of time and energy. I am truly passionate about public education. I am vested in this community and want to spend my energies to further develop and enhance it by service on this board. I am a team player and believe in this district. I don’t want to settle for mediocre and want the district and in turn the students, to be all it can be.

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