I am running for school board because I believe we need a fresh perspective on how La Grange District 102 can achieve its goals. The last referendum in 2016 passed by a narrow margin and is a sign we can communicate better the value of the great work being done. The teachers are doing great work but the taxpayers need to know what they are getting for their money. And parents want to know how they can support at home what is happening at school. 

We need to improve how we communicate with parents and other stakeholders and share how they can support the good work being done in the classroom. We should partner with parents from the start of their children’s journey and together, we can improve every student’s experience. 

A new viewpoint and skill set for the Board 

As a working mother of a 7 and 3 year old, I am experiencing the road bumps in real-time and scrambling to figure out who to talk to and where to find information. I can see the hurdles more clearly than someone who has already learned to cope with the challenges and frustrations. I think that insight will be important on the Board and allow me to be a voice for working parents. 

I am also a marketing and communications professional and have been working in the field of education for over 12 years. I understand the need to communicate with our parents and community in a way works for them and invites them to engage. I think communication and relationship building are skills currently lacking on the Board and would be of great benefit to the District achieving its goals. 

I think if we want true community oversight and representation, we need to elect candidates that are willing to ask tough questions, offer new skill sets and ensure all our schools are represented. 

Contested race

The race will be tough – it’s 5 candidates for 4 spots. But that also means we’re giving voters a choice. We will need to build awareness through social media, canvassing and volunteers. We will need yard signs, postcard mailings and flyers. And to make all this happen we will need funding.

I invite you support to my campaign because you believe we can improve our school experience, better engage our community and that we need more women on our school board. 

If you are a community member of La Grange School District 102, I also encourage you to follow my facebook page (www.facebook.com/mandra4schoolboard) for updates and to share your thoughts with me via email mandra4schoolboard at gmail dot com and join the discussion.

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “Jessica cares about kids and would be a valuable, creative, and caring voice for our children and their future on the District 102 school board.”

  • endorsed

    “She is passionate, committed, hard working and dedicated to helping our schools and students!”

March 8, 2019

We did it! We reached our goal!

A great big thank you to everyone who has supported me during this campaign! I wanted to share that we reached our fundraising goal! 

You all have been amazing and through your support I have been able to get my message out with yard signs, walk cards, a postcard mailing as well as produce a fun video and run Facebook ads.

It's still over three weeks till the election and I will continue to share my message through canvassing, candidate forums and meet and greets. If you're local, I'd love to see you at one and thank you again personally.

In the meantime, I think it's okay to celebrate this accomplishment of reaching our goal.  I've always loved this video of babies getting down so I thought I'd include it.

Happy Friday and again thank you for all your support!

P.S. Locals - don't forget to vote! Early voting starts March 18 and Election Day is April 2. : )

February 5, 2019

Campaign Video is live!

Check out my campaign video where I train for my race with the help of the kids from the District. Now on my Facebook page: facebook.com/mandra4schoolboard

Campaign created!

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