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. The current efforts to close the achievement gap and strengthen relationships in the community are suffering under the District’s inability to communicate the value of the work being done. I think we can do better and I want to work to make that happen. 

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 scrabbling 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 that works for them. I think communications and relationship building are skills currently lacking on the Board that would be of great benefit. 

I am skeptical that we need more professional educators on the Board, as we already benefit from the professional expertise of the over 200 educators and 14 administrators employed throughout the District, several with PhDs. 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. 

Only candidate to represent Forest Road School

As a Forest Road mother, I am the only candidate that would provide representation for Forest Road School. There is no other sitting Board Member or running candidate that has children at Forest Road School. Will others advocate for Forest Road with regards to maintenance of our facilities, new programming and prospective budget cuts when they have no vested interest?

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 start the dialogue.

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