by David Maas
KANELANDâ€”Prospective candidates for the Kaneland School Board should know that if elected, they face a significant responsibility, Board President Cheryl Krauspe said.
On Tuesday, April 4, 2010, four School Board seats will be up for election.
The four-year terms set to expire April 4 currently are held by Teresa Witt, Lisa Wiet, Deborah Grant, and Diane Piazza. The members have not announced whether they will seek election.
A School Board election takes place every two years, but not for all seven board positions.
â€œTerms are staggered so that there are three or four seats contested at each election, and not a total turnover at once,â€ Krauspe said. â€œThatâ€™s a good thing.â€
Krauspe said board members must spend an average of 10 to 20 hours a month working on board matters.
â€œThere is a significant amount of reading and studying, and overseeing the dashboard gauges of the district progress,â€ Krauspe said.
â€œIt is a big responsibility that all the members of the current Kaneland Board of Education take most seriously.â€
In addition to attending regular meetings, board members act as liaisons to other committee meetings each month. That work load can be challenging, Krauspe said.
â€œI find it satisfying, but also stressful,â€ Krauspe said, â€œProviding the best education possible for our communityâ€™s children within the budget constraints that we are experiencing in this economic climate involves a strong commitment.â€
Board members do not receive pay for their service.
Krauspe suggested that people who have served the School District in some capacity, such as volunteering or committee work, would be the best people to run for the board.
â€œAlthough it is not a requirement, I would value the prior experience and service of Kaneland candidates to the district,â€ Krauspe said.
According to the Illinois School Board Association, an effective school board member should be able to work on a team, become informed to take part in an effective meeting, have a desire to serve students and the community, respect the needs and feelings of others, and recognize that the school district is one of the largest businesses in the town.
To run for School Board
Those interested in running for the board must be at least 18 years old, have lived in the Kaneland School District for at least one year and be a registered voter.
Start by obtaining a nominating petition from Beth Sterkel at the district office on any business day between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Prospective candidates must file nominating petitions at the district office, 427W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, between Monday, Dec. 13, and Monday, Dec. 20. For more information, contact Beth Sterkel at the district office at (630) 365-5111.