Dist. 158 Board Contenders Consider Space, Curricula

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), March 24, 1999 | Go to article overview

Dist. 158 Board Contenders Consider Space, Curricula


Four candidates will compete April 13 for the position of District 158 Board of Education member.

Gary W. Slagle, 44, is a vice president and chairman at TransAmerica in Hoffman Estates. He has been a member of the District 158 Board of Education since 1995. Slagle was a baseball coach for five years and managed a hockey team for three years.

Liz J. Bednarczyk, 34, is a real estate agent for Century 21 in Algonquin.

Kevin D. Daleiden, 36, is the president of Elgin Organization Inc. in Huntley. He served as president for two terms in the Huntley Chamber of Commerce -from 1995 to 1998.

Kimberly J. Skaja, 42, is a saleswoman for Strode's Colonial Vermont Furniture in Huntley. She was elected to the board of education in 1995, where she served as secretary that same year, and again in 1997. Skaja served on the negotiations committee and on the policy committee, to which she was appointed chairwoman in November of 1997. She also served as president of the Parent Teacher Organization from 1992 to 1994. She helped bring the Parent Teacher Association to District 158, where she served as secretary from 1994 to 1995.

The Daily Herald asked the candidates to answer several questions. Here are their answers.

Question: The district passed referendums to build two elementary schools in November 1998. The district also recently decided to add a wing to the middle/high school to house next year's fifth-graders. How can the district continue to emphasize to the public how necessary additional space is after these two additions?

Bednarczyk: I believe the public is painfully aware of the need for student housing. Also, communication through the monthly newsletter and conducting focus group meetings would be helpful.

Daleiden: Simply look at the number of homes planned for the area. You don't need to follow the Illinois Department of Transportation's example and spend $100,000 on a traffic study to know Route 47 needs to be widened.

Skaja: By improving communication. We recently hired a public relations person to help us keep people informed. …

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