March 29, 2011 12:38PM
Barbara Nettles, candidate SD 144. | Supplied photo
Office sought: School Board Member Prairie-Hills Elementary School District 144
Name: Barbara Nettles
Address: 17107 Elm Dr., Hazel Crest, Ill. 60429
Date of birth: April 10, 1945
Home: 708/ 335-2068
Education: Bachelor of Science in education, Master of Science in education
Occupation, employer: Retired Elementary School Principal
Please list all sources of income: Pension
Spouse, spouse’s employer: none
Children, age of children, children’s employer (if applicable): One grown son
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? What year?
Have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime? If so, for what? What was the disposition?
Do you have any criminal convictions on your record? If so, for what? What was your sentence?
Political (elected or significant appointment) experience:
Chairperson Hazel Crest Community Relations Commission, appointed
In your view, what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues?
Educational funding is a problem for most of our parents, receiving equitable funding from the State of Illinois. The social aspects of parenting with all the influences our children receive from outside the home present a problem for society and for parenting.
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.
I would hope to assist in providing parents information for increasing parenting skills and increasing their ability to guide children toward upward mobility in their educational quests and ambitions.
Please explain how you believe the office you’re seeking can help in creating local jobs.
Through more grant writing there may be the opportunity to hire more staff.
Do you believe the current way Illinois pays for education is working? If so, why? If not, why not? What would you change?
The method of school funding in Illinois is not equable for all students. Working with elected officials and requesting a change in the law is how this injustice will change. Convincing officials to change opinions and votes appears to be quite difficult in Illinois.
Would you make any changes to the budget of the governing unit to which you are seeking elected office? If so, what?
Naturally I think the school budget is inadequate, the future of the country is upon the shoulders of teachers and schools. A higher priority should be placed on this most important aspect of American life.