March 29, 2011 1:18PM
Toni M. Williams, candidate SD 205. | Supplied photo
Updated: March 29, 2011 1:19PM
Office sought: Thorton Township High School District 205 Board Member\
Name: Toni Williams
Address: 15960 Wausau Ave.
Date of birth: August 31, 1968
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Education: Thornton High School, 1986, Illinois School of Commerce,1987
Occupation, employer: School Director for Silk N Classy Barber College
Please list all sources of income: Husband and I are employed at Silk N Classy Barber College
Spouse, spouse’s employer: Kenneth Williams, Founder of Silk N Classy Barber College
Children, age of children, children’s employer (if applicable): Natasha Hudson, 26, Krystal Williams, 25, Kierra Williams, 14, and Kenneth Williams Jr., 8
Please list any relatives, including in-laws, who are employed by a government agency at the federal, state or local levels. What are their job titles and with what agency are they employed?
What other elected offices have you sought?
Have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime?
Do you have any criminal convictions on your record?
Political (elected or significant appointment) experience:
In your view, what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues?
Thornton Township High School District 205 has been failing academically and has failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress for over 10 years. If elected I would, together with my fellow board members, work with parents, faculty and the 13 communities to address this issue and together come up with solutions that would give our children a better education. I believe this issue is the most important.
Please explain something significant you would like to accomplish within the next two years if you are elected to the office to which you aspire.
Create a more active role for teachers, parents and students by instituting an open door policy.
Please explain how you believe the office you’re seeking can help in creating local jobs.
I believe if we educate our children properly they will come back to the communities they know and love to start businesses and to become mentors.
Do you believe the current way Illinois pays for education is working? If so, why? If not, why not? What would you change?
No it’s definitely not working. I think in Illinois we do not (sic)
Would you make any changes to the budget of the governing unit to which you are seeking elected office? If so, what?
I would absolutely make changes in the way the money is allocated, instead of spending a large percentage of the budget on administrative/professional development(which is not working) I think we should concentrate on preparing our children for college by providing the necessary tools and hiring staff who can engage and also challenge the students mentally I think somewhere down the line we forgot to tell our children that it is possible to go to college and not just with an athletic scholarship. Extreme professional development is not necessary when we hire people who are passionate about education and not just there to collect a paycheck.
Are there any other issues you want to bring to the public’s attention? If so, what?
Thornton Township High School District 205 is seeking to restructure the three high schools by making Thornridge High School an all-Freshmen Center. The students in Thornton Township High School District 205 (I stress High School District 205) have failed for 10 years. I agree drastic changes need to be made, however, I believe this is another experiment that will fail at the expense of our children. I have heard no mention of what happens after the “Freshmen Academy,” how we will concentrate on the sophomores, juniors and seniors? What measures are being put in place to ensure academic success? Besides offering raises and incentives to staff that have assisted in the failure of our children. What are we offering the children? (Whose futures are at stake?) (Updated computer labs? a language program that is globally competitive? Completely restructured math and science curricular? Raising the G.P.A limit so that the students have something to strive towards? Will there be more after school activities? The question is why are we failing our children?