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Election

Election 2019: Lauri Phillips, Oswego School District 308 Board of Education

Lauri Phillips
Lauri Phillips

Lauri Phillips

Age: 52

Current occupation/employer: Staff accountant for Intertek/PSI (Professional Service Industries)

Educational background: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration  from University of St. Francis Joliet

Previous school district/civic invovlvement: Community Outreach Coordinator of the The Apraxia Connection's Board of Directors.

Previous elected public offices held: None

Why are you seeking election to the Oswego School District Board?

I advocate for all students to ensure they rise to their highest potential and thus become valuable contributors to society. The standard of learning for students is too low. We must use district resources practically because interventions cost less when used early in a student’s career.

What differentiates you from the other candidates?

My advocacy work for special education nonprofits and my work at the state level through my appointment to ISAC gives me a different lens through which to judge the effectiveness of our school system. My career as an accountant allows me to rationalize the fiscal constraints that affect decisions being made by this district’s administration.

If elected, what would be your top priority as a board member?

My top priority would be literacy for ALL. In 2018, 51% of students met or exceeded ELA standards on PARCC. That is great news, meaning 49% of general education students did not. Using resources wisely can save the district in the future.

The school district is facing a multi-million deficit. Do you support the April 2 operating fund referendum placed on the ballot by the current board? Please explain your position.

If the school is taken over by the state, the administration has no say in the decisions that are made. The $200 yearly cost of the referendum could cost thousands in the future from higher instructional or higher social service costs to help students that are not employable and are not contributing members of society.

Is there fat in the school district budget? If so, what programs or positions would you work to eliminate?

Students are being negatively impacted by rising class sizes and fees are increasing. It is apparent that all items in the budget need to be looked at intensely. Departments that have non-specialized positions should be looked at carefully to ensure that department runs effectively.

Does the school district employ too many administrators at the expense of students and teachers? Please explain.

In places where there are multiple layers, the administration should be transparent to the public. We should know how tax money is being allocated and what is needed to fulfill the obligation the district must provide a free public education.

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