Among the races
Duneland voters will decide on Election Day--Tuesday, Nov. 6-- are two seats
for the Duneland School Board. Four candidates will vie for the At-large
seat left vacant by Michael Trout stepping down, and incumbent Ronald “Red”
Stone faces a challenge for the Liberty Township seat.
Rhonda “Rho” Turner
Day, Bob Filipek, Alayna Lightfoot Pol, and Steve Rohe are the choices for
the At-large seat this election.
Day, a project
manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, has said she can leverage her 25
years of project management experience-- which includes handling internet
changes to 150,000 United Airlines users on the morning of the September 11
terror attacks, as a School Board member. She said she would focus on
transparency, supported the last referendum and supports eLearning.
Bob Filipek has
said he plans to leverage his 25 years of business experience as a School
Board member by listening to stakeholders and weighing all sides of an
issue. Filipek has voiced support for the referendum and eLearning, though
he said he is not in favor of phasing out all print materials, in part due
to excessive screen-time for kids.
Pol said she plans to serve the School Board from the perspective of an
experienced educator with expertise in research-based approaches. Pol said
she supports the referendum because it is a small investment by the
taxpayers that has a large positive impact on the schools. She thinks
eLearning should be reserved only for secondary students.
Steve Rohe said he
plans to leverage his knowledge from being a Duneland school safety employee
and parent as well as being in the military as a member on the Board. Rohe
said he might support the referendum if it is needed to keep up Duneland’s
quality service, but he would examine the issue to make sure the funds focus
on needs not wants. He said he supports eLearning to reduce costs and allow
students to learn at their own pace.
Ronald “Red” Stone,
a long-time incumbent, faces a challenge from Brian Custy.
Stone said his
strongest points as a Board member have been that he engages stakeholders
and brings a common sense approach to solving problems without settling for
mediocrity. Stone said he is in support of the referendum because it makes
possible the superior unique programs at Duneland and provides additional
funding for teachers, counselors, and other student-facing employees. Stone
said he prefers eLearning days only be used in cases of inclement weather
cancellations because a screen cannot replace teachers.
Custy said his
honesty, work ethic, and desire for open communication learned from working
in law and civil engineering qualify him to be on the Board. He said he
supports a referendum only if the schools cannot function without it, and
communication with stakeholders on the process must be better. Custy said he
opposes the current structure of eLearning days because kids are getting too
much screen time and there must be a balance between technology and