5 candidates seek 4 seats on RI-Milan school board


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Posted Online: April 05, 2013, 12:16 am
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There is a lot of experience among candidates for the Rock Island-Milan school board on April 9.

Five candidates are vying for four seats. Incumbents David K. Rockwell, James E. Bishop and James E. Veasey are joined by former member Earl Strupp Jr. and newcomer Kevin R. Matter Jr.

The four veteran candidates, at the request of The Rock Island Argus and The Dispatch, completed questionnaires about themselves and their issues. Mr. Matter could not be reached.

The prevalent issue is ensuring education for all district students. Tardy state contributions to the district's revenue pool also was a significant issue for Mr. Rockwell and Mr. Veasey.

Their answers also revealed diverse professional and personal backgrounds. Mr. Veasey is a retired machinist from Deere Harvester with longtime union ties. Mr. Rockwell is a businessman and managed Hyman's Furniture in downtown Rock Island for years. Mr. Bishop is a dentist. Mr. Strupp is a retired teacher.

NAME: James E. Veasey
AGE: 65
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: Retired
FAMILY: Wife and two sons
EDUCATION: Associate's degree
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
OFFICE SOUGHT: Rock Island/Milan school board
PRIOR OFFICE: Eight years on the school board
WHY RUNNING: I will continue to focus my leadership skills on helping the district redirect its primary focus back to student achievement and learning.
KEY ISSUE: Excellence is not easy; just ask a successful athlete. But we must set high standards for all students in order to achieve excellence. My priority is to focus first on improving the achievement of every student - the high achiever as well as those who struggle to achieve grade-level success.

NAME: Earl Strupp
AGE: 69
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: Retired teacher
FAMILY: Single
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree
OFFICE SOUGHT: Rock Island-Milan School Board
PRIOR OFFICE: Current member Rock Island-Milan School Board
COMMENTS: I am running because, as a former teacher, I have something to offer.
KEY ISSUES: To make sure students are taught the joy of learning.

NAME: James Bishop
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: Dentist
FAMILY: Wife Catherine, children Kelly and Christy
EDUCATION: Graduated Rock Island High School, Southern Ill. and Loyola universities
OFFICE SOUGHT: Rock Island-Milan School Board
PRIOR OFFICE: Current member Rock Island-Milan School Board
KEY ISSUE: I feel I can best summarize by quoting the recently updated mission statement for Rock Island Senior High. I feel it applies for all ages in all grades. "Rock Island High School's mission is to challenge all students to reach their fullest potential in a respectful and safe environment, preparing them for success in a rapidly changing global society."Over the past four years, I feel our present school board has worked hard and well together.

NAME: David K. Rockwell
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: General Manager of Hyman's Furniture Store Inc. for 38 years. After closing the store I became the office administrator for Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton and Noe LLP, attorneys at law.
FAMILY: I have two grown sons...one married with a 2 year old daughter... It is cool being a grandpa.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Rock Island High School and Augustana College.
POLITICAL PARTY: I am a registered Democrat but do not believe that 'politics' should be involved in schoolboard races.
OFFICE SOUGHT: Rock Island/Milan School Board.
PRIOR OFFICE(S): Rock Island school board, two terms
WHY RUNNING: I am running for a third term as a school board member because I believe my experience and open-minded approach can make a difference.
KEY ISSUE: Public schools face many challenges. Finances are always an issue but educating our children is more than just money. We must continue to hold on to the core belief that "All children can and will learn." Everyone must believe this basic concept...from principal...to teacher...to custodian...to secretary...to cafeteria worker...AND TO THE COMMUNITY. We must make education relevant and keep our students and their families engaged in the process.




















 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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