Meet the EM elementary school board candidates


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Originally Posted Online: April 05, 2013, 11:42 pm
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NAME: Greg Shouse
AGE: 46
ADDRESS: East Moline
OCCUPATION: Registered nurse
EDUCATION: Associate's degree in nursing, working on my bachelor's in nursing administration.
POLITICAL PARTY: Non-partisan, although I am a registered Republican
OFFICE SOUGHT: East Moline school board
PRIOR OFFICE: One, four-year-term on the school board
COMMENT: The situation of the federal and state budgets leads to the decrease in funding for all school districts. Both are in such terrible condition. We as a school board are trying to manage the taxpayer and district funds that we do have in such a way as to still provide the highest level of education that our children are in need of and deserve, and to provide the benefits and pay that our employees deserve. With the mismanagement of the budgets above our level, we are providing both of these items the best way that we can.

NAME: Kai Killam
AGE: 36
ADDRESS: East Moline
OCCUPATION: Educator at United Township Education Center
FAMILY: Married, two sons
EDUCATION: UTHS, bachelor's from University of Iowa; master's and Ed.S in school leadership from Western Illinois University
OFFICE SOUGHT: Re-election to East Moline school board
PRIOR OFFICE: Was appointed to the board in 2010
WHY RUNNING: I am running to continue to provide support for the great staff and students in our district and the ongoing responsible use of taxpayer funds.
KEY ISSUE: Continue the progress on the community-developed district strategic plan, consistent improvement of academic achievement, provide staff the resources needed to accomplish district goals, responsible stewardship of taxpayer funding for the district.

NAME: Rob Anderson
AGE: 46
ADDRESS: East Moline
OCCUPATION: Physical therapist
FAMILY: Three children
EDUCATION: Bachelor's from Augustana College, master's from University of Iowa
POLITICAL PARTY: None
OFFICE SOUGHT: East Moline school board
PRIOR OFFICE: School board member since 2009
WHY RUNNING: I have really enjoyed my experience on the board and look forward to building upon the foundation that the previous board has initiated.
KEY ISSUE: I feel the key issue is continuing to provide high levels of educational instruction in the current economic climate. So I feel it is imperative we continue to look for ways to promote academic excellent in a fiscally responsible manner.

NAME: Patrick Green
AGE: 43
ADDRESS: Silvis
OCCUPATION: School counselor
FAMILY: Wife Natalie, daughters Dempcee and Dawsyn
EDUCATION: Bachelor's from UNI, masters from Western Illinois University.
POLITICAL PARTY: I am very much a middle of the road moderate
OFFICE SOUGHT: East Moline grade school board
WHY RUNNING: I am running to be part of my community and my daughters' school district.
KEY ISSUE: The biggest issue we all face is taking the amount of money available and stretching it to sufficiently meet everyone's needs without cheating the kids out of a quality education. This has been, and will continue to be, an issue until our state gets its financial woes under control.

NAME: Chris VanSpeybroeck
AGE: 49
ADDRESS: East Moline
OCCUPATION: Paraprofessional teacher at UTHS, independent insurance representative
FAMILY: Wife, two children
EDUCATION: Graduated Alleman High School and Loras College
OFFICE SOUGHT: School board bember East Moline School District 37
WHY RUNNING: Because I am confident that I can make decisions which are in the best interest of our children
KEY ISSUE: The most pressing issue that schools are facing is a lack of funding. The obvious result of this is higher class sizes and less extracurricular activities for our children. We need to be creative in finding a balance which maintains the current quality of education that our young people deserve.
COMMENTS: As a former UTHS board member and current employee of UTHS, I hope to offer a dual perspective to the board in seeing the issues from the business as well as the educator's perspective.




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