Dist. 26 Has Four Apply for Board All Candidates Have Backgrounds in Finance

By Krone, Emily | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), September 3, 2005 | Go to article overview

Dist. 26 Has Four Apply for Board All Candidates Have Backgrounds in Finance


Krone, Emily, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Emily Krone Daily Herald Staff Writer

A former Trout Valley village trustee, a retired IBM employee, an instructor at Columbia College and a technology consultant have applied to fill the vacancy on the Cary Elementary District 26 board of education.

"We have four fine candidates," board President Craig Loew said. "It will probably be a hard choice."

Candidates are vying for the seat previously held by Tom Price, who resigned in August. The board will interview applicants on Tuesday.

Loew said he is looking for candidates who understand the challenges Cary schools face.

For example, the district ended last school year with a healthy $8.9 million in the bank, but the 2006 tentative budget projects a $1.9 million shortfall.

All four candidates have a background in finance.

Julie Lehman, the former Trout Valley trustee, worked as an underwriter at a Chicago insurance agency and double-majored in finance and operations management at Northern Illinois University.

Jim Frits said he managed mutimillion dollar contracts and budgets for IBM. Now retired, he said he would represent the portion of the community on a fixed income.

"My general philosophy of budgets is that personal as well as business/public budgets need to be managed and kept within the bounds of available resources. …

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