Candidates Address Communication, Boundary Changes

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For Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 school board

4-year term (vote for four)

Marlene A. Kraybill, 62, of Arlington Heights; nurse. Former member Dist. 25 school board from 1977 to 1993. PTA and Arlington Heights Memorial Library volunteer, 1971 to present. Cites shifting school attendance populations and having experienced people on the board as her main concerns. Says future capital improvement projects that exceed the district's current bonding power need study and support of board before going up for referendum.

Alexander B. Magnus, 71, of Arlington Heights; property manager, self-employed. Former trustee, Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District from 1978-1983, made unsuccessful bid for vice president of the United States on the Taxpayer Party ticket in Illinois in 1988. Says getting back to the basics and addressing academic performance are his main concerns. Favors putting future capital projects up to a referendum.

Catherine M. Maude, 37, of Arlington Heights; attorney, self-employed. First run for public office. Windsor School PTA volunteer, 1995 to present. Cites space needs and the use and implementation of technology as her main concerns. Might favor putting some future capital projects up to a referendum, depending on the scope of the project.

Kenneth D. Nielsen, 61, of Arlington Heights; benefits and insurance adviser, self-employed. Candidate for Dist. 25 board, 1995. Church elder and head of ushers at Meadows Baptist Church, Rolling Meadows. Says board and administration need a better working relationship. Favors putting future capital projects up to a referendum.

David C. Paulus, 45, of Arlington Heights; attorney, self-employed. First run for public office. Active on the worship board of Northwest Covenant Church, Mount Prospect. Says fiscal responsibility and local control of curriculum choice are his main concerns. Favors putting future capital projects up to a referendum.

F. Daniel Petro, 38, attorney, Petro & Petro. First run for public office. Committee chairman, Boy Scouts Pack 169, 1995 to present. Says technology, adding an advanced science class to the curriculum and the school day's 7:30 a.m. start are his main concerns. Favors putting some future capital projects up to a referendum, under certain circumstances.

Rip James Van Sky, 28, security guard, assistant coach in football and track, Elk Grove High School. First run for public office. Special Olympics volunteer, 1996-present. Says fiscal responsibility, higher expectations for students and review of the curriculum are his main concerns. Favors putting future capital projects up to a referendum.

Julia F. Walsh, 63, retired, former teacher in District 25. Illinois Teacher of the Year, 1976. Arlington Heights trustee, 1981-1993. Ran for village president, 1993. Board member, Arlington Heights Historical Society, 1993-present, Crossroads Girl Scout Council, 1993-present. Former member, Illinois State Board of Education, 1995-97. Says aligning District 25's curriculum with state academic standards and improving reading scores are her main concerns. Favors putting future capital projects up to a referendum.

Q. What do you think of the working relationship between the board and top administrators in District 25? Are any changes needed?

A. Marlene A. Kraybill: Working relationships between a governing board and administrators must always be kept open and honest.

Alexander B. Magnus: The relationship seems satisfactory and administrative personnel seem very professional. The board should be responsible to set policy, work with and support the administrative staff to achieve high student academic standards.

Catherine M. Maude: I think that the board and top administrators have a good working relationship and this is important. The board and administrators do not always have to agree, but they need to continue to have good dialogue. …