Get A Glimpse Of The Questionnaire We Sent To D209 Board Candidates

Monday, February 18, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

On Feb. 17, Village Free Press sent out our candidate questionnaire to individuals and/or slates running for three open seats on the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 school board.

We’re also publishing the questions before the candidates answer to give the reader a glimpse of what we’ve asked and just in case candidates don’t see our email message. We want to cover all of our bases and give candidates ample notification ahead of Feb. 24, which is the deadline for submitted answers.

We’ll use those completed questionnaires as guides that will help the candidates forum we’re planning go smoothly.

The forum for trustee candidates is on Saturday, March 2, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., at Second Baptist Church, 436 S. 13th Ave. in Maywood.

If you have any questions you’d like us to ask candidates for trustee, please email them to, post them as comments to our Facebook page or place a comment below this article (we’re temporarily waiving our recent ban on comments for this purpose).

Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability. Full disclosure: parts, or all, of your answers are likely be published.

  • How would you define equity?
  • Do you believe that there is an equity/opportunity gap separating some students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 from others? If so, explain what that gap looks like? 
  • It is likely that if you’re elected to the board, you’ll have a hand in making sure that the district’s long-term master facilities plan is properly executed. What are your thoughts on the plan? Do you believe that it sufficiently addresses most, if not all, of the district’s long-term capital needs? 
  • Do you believe that the D209 school board is a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars? If so, in what ways? If you don’t believe this, what changes will you advocate on the board to make it so? 
  • Do you believe that the D209 board adequately incorporates the voices of people most likely to be impacted by its decisions (i.e., students, teachers, faculty and staff) into its decision-making process? If not, what are some ways that the board can more adequately incorporate these voices into its decision-making process? 
  • What are your thoughts on the issue of truancy and out-of-district residency issues within D209? If you believe these are real issues, do you have some ideas for addressing them? 
  • What are your views on the current seven-period/Extended Learning Opportunities scheduling standards? Do you believe that the current school schedule is beneficial for students? 
  • If elected, what will be your top three priorities as a board member and/or local political party? VFP

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