Name: Amy Blazier
Town: Crystal Lake
Office sought: CUSD155 Board of Education
Occupation: Pre-School Teacher
Elected offices held: Current D155 School Board
1. What is your largest priority for District 155 if elected?
During the past four years, I have encouraged improvements in the board's transparency and the relationships between stakeholders in the district. I feel that continuing to honor the concerns and contributions of our community will keep the district on its path of academic excellence and fiscal responsibility.
2. What changes should District 155 make in the future?
D155 buildings/grounds have significant levels of deferred maintenance. Our goal would be to return existing facilities to the condition in which they were originally commissioned. This would be following our facilities assessment plan for the next 10 years.
3. What are your thoughts on how District 155 has adjusted to enrollment changes?
This is an ongoing discussion, I believe the district has been thoughtful and pro-active in their planning for the future. With the Board of Education’s support, District 155 developed a strategic plan with the input of students, staff, parents, community members, and district leaders in the fall of 2018.This plan will help guide and shape the future of D155.
4. What direction do you believe that District 155 should head in the future with its property tax levy if enrollment projections hold?
Each year will bring a different set of circumstances,the logical answer is to take one year at a time and evaluate what the needs of the district will be. The tax rate for D155 has dropped three consecutive years,and the tax rate is 12.7 percent less than it was in 2014. In my tenure as a D155 board member I have been a part of holding a flat levy twice and reducing the tax extension once. It's important that taxpayers know that the district has taken action to ease the tax burden while it continues with a quality education for the students. In D155 it is a priority to provide students with an excellent education while being good stewards to the taxpayers of the community.
5. Do you believe that District 155 should consider closing one of its high school buildings in the future?
I don't believe that closing a school building should be in the future of D155. Each school has it's own culture and it would not be in the best interest of the students and the district to close any one of our amazing schools!
6. How do you feel District 155 handled its recent teacher contract negotiation process? How do you feel about the resulting contract?
The negotiation process was handled fairly and with professionalism. It was followed with well established procedures utilized by the majority of school districts.The contract is posted on line and is open to the public for viewing.
7. How do you feel that District 155 has handled the disciplinary cases of teachers Matt Fralick, Rick Lima and Justin Hubly?
The D155 board and administration followed all procedures and laws regarding these cases.