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Welsh: Focused on being helpful,community minded

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Sep 05, 2017
Christi Welsh

Fifteen people are in the running for seats on the Fairfield Community School District’s board of directors this year.

The following are the responses of candidate Christi Welsh who is competing to fill one two-year vacancy on the Fairfield Community School District’s board of directors. The election is Sept. 12.

 

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

I attended several board meetings last year and became curious about the inner workings of the school board. I spent time talking with board members, as well as Dr. Laurie Noll, to learn and understand more about the board. Because of my inherent inquisitiveness and desire to learn, I was able to share my knowledge with my friends and co-workers. I attended K-12 in the FCSD and am raising two children here. My interest has turned into a desire to give back to our district and community. I am dedicated to learning and being a part of the school board.

 

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

There is a lot that the current board is doing right, despite many issues that they have faced over the last year. I was pleased to hear that our current board signed the contract with the teachers union, before the 40 year old collective bargaining law was gutted by the state legislature. This ensures that the contract is grandfathered in for this school year.

I want to continue to prioritize our teachers, give them support, and ensure that we secure their future benefits.

There is always room for improvement in any board, position or job. I would like to encourage more communication with the board members and our schools, so that the board has a finger on the pulse of the district.

 

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

I am a dedicated parent, and human resources professional. I understand there are multiple facets to every situation. Every day is different in my profession and utilizes my listening skills, ability to be flexible, and come to a measured decision for everyone.

In addition to this, I have a background in accounting that gives me an understanding of the fiscal issues our district faces as well as an ability to see the full scope of these challenges. My professional experiences will be an asset and support to the board.

Growing up as a student in the district, I have personal insights as both an alum and now as a parent of two active children, ages 16 and 12, that have been attending school in FCSD since kindergarten.

As an involved parent, it’s been a joy to attend school board meetings, TAG (talented and gifted) parent meetings, parent teacher conferences, sporting events, and band, choir and theater performances.

Naturally empathetic and trustworthy, I am able to have open conversations with parents and community members about their hopes and concerns.

 

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

I’m very hopeful that the challenges we faced recently will provide future gains. The closing of Libertyville, leading to grade alike has the potential to create positive changes such as, eliminating any existing rivalries between schools, providing teachers with access to their grade alike peers for collaboration and support, strengthening TAG (talented and gifted) enrichment efforts, evening out class sizes, and our students will all be familiar with each other as they grow. Decisions that create such big changes can be difficult to make and implement.

I have confidence in our district coming together through these challenges, as we did with the past closures of Lockridge, Lincoln and Roosevelt.

 

5. What unique thing about you distinguishes you from your peers?

I have an active life within the district through my children and their involvement in school, the arts and sports. I am community minded with a strong focus on being helpful and providing service. I am very proud of living in Fairfield and love raising my family here and being part of such a diverse town.

I’m a people person and love meeting new people and listening with a sympathetic ear. This helps me make better decisions. I look at the full picture from an unbiased standpoint. I would love to be a member of the board and be part of building a stronger district. I want to give back to my hometown and truly support that we are all #onefairfield.

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