March 29, 2011 1:14PM
Updated: March 29, 2011 1:14PM
Office Sought: Crete-Monee District 201-U School Board Member
Name: David Sevier
Address: 610 Farmview Rd., University Park, IL 60484
Date of Birth: October 26, 1961
Education: MBA from Governors State
One Year toward Doctorate and JD Degrees
Interim Village Manager/Finance Director, Village of University Park
Please list all sources of income:
Village of University Park
Spouse, and employment: Theresa Sevier, Crete-Monee School District
Children: Two children, 8 and 16
Other Elected Offices
Ever been charged with a crime
Any criminal convictions
Eight years as school board member, with six years as an officer
Appointed to Chicago State University Alumni Association
Two most issues facing my constituents?
Low test scores and a fair quality education for all students
Low test scores are a concern for all parties involved, but the key to increasing test scores relies on several factors and I would like to just talk abotu a few of them.
First we need to have quality teachers in front of all students. Therefore we need to hire more qualified staff, who understand the culture and climate of the district. We need individuals who understand all students. We need to develop programs that have realistic outcome that can be measured and corrected where needed. We need to incorporate all stakeholders into the process to ensure that we understand all the dynamics within the district to help support all children in the district. We need to assist parents with helping there children succeed. We need to work on reducing the mobility rate within the district.
All students should have the right to a quality education that is bias from any outside force. We need to understand that children come to school to learn and not to be judged. We need to have more of a focus to bring this district together for the benefit of all students, as the world is a very diverse society and we need to be able to teach our students how to adjust in the real world. We need better monitoring tools to assist those students who we know need help and provide the necessary guidance to support their needs. We need a level of trust between the staff, students and parents that allows for that deep conversation regarding making each student successful. We need to keep pressure on our legislatures to give us the necessary dollars to ensure that we can provide the education that each student in this district deserves. Financial support could go a long way in bring test scores up, because it would allow the necessary measure to be taken.
Two year significant accomplishment
I would like to put in place policies and procedures that the Board of Education, the administration, staff, parents and students will truly buy into. It makes no sense to have polices and procedures that do not have a life of breath in them. We need to hold individuals accountable for their individual actions. We need to improve on the Boards decision making regarding type of quality of education we want the students of Crete Monee to have. I would like to bring this Board together for the benefit of all students and the district as a whole.
I believe this office could assist with job creation, based on improve the quality of education within the district. One of the reason people move into communities is because of the quality of the School District. If we improve the quality of education in this district, people will come.
I do not believe that the current way Illinois pays for education is working. I believe we need a new formula to be successful at educating all students in the state of Illinois. I would change how the state funds education. We need to be receiving more revenue per student to be successful.
I would be very difficult to make any major changes to the budget of this governing unit. The majority of its revenues are from taxpayers and the state, therefore, due to economic conditions, changes would be difficult. I do believe that the district is lean and has very little fat to cut without affecting the quality of education for students.