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WHY DID I WANT TO BE A BOARD MEMBER?

The main reason I ran for election to the District 15 School Board in 2011 was my desire to give back to the community through public service.

The future of our community depends heavily on the education provided to children by District 15. My goal is to work closely with other board members, the District 15 administration and the community on board policies and budgets that improve results while establishing a stable and sustainable budget.

BACKGROUND

  • Information technology career ranging from designing and developing systems to responsibility for a large IT organization that was part of an international company of about 90,000 employees.
  • Worked closely with business managers to create strategic plans and budgets that align with business objectives.
  • Skills include communications, financial management, strategic planning, organizational development, and negotiations.
  • Publisher of www.d15pie.org to inform the community on topics such as AYP information and, most recently, the District 15 bond referendum that was on the ballot in November, 2010.
  • Former leadership team member for Citizens for Accountability in D15, the group that circulated petitions to put the District 15 bond referendum on the ballot in 2010.
  • My wife Yvonne and I have two children who attended District 15 schools from kindergarten through 8th grade. One daughter is a freshman at Northwestern University and the other is a junior at Palatine High School.

This background makes me uniquely qualified to balance the competing interests of the various District 15 stakeholder groups including children, parents, taxpayers, teachers and administrators.

EDUCATION

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Computer Science, 1982
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MBA, 1991

Scott Herr