A three-year veteran to the Island Trees Board of Education, trustee Kim McDonough's is running unopposed in the 2012-13 election.
Since first joining the table in 2009, McDonough has felt that keeping up with the core curriculum should stand as the key goal for the board. Despite challenging aspects of the coming year's budget process, McDonough said the value of curriculum still stands above all.
"The budget for 2012-13 saw very few cuts made," said McDonough. "Cuts that were made were modifications to existing programs and departments, however no programs or departments were discontinued."
"I hope to continue to work with my fellow board members to hold the school and school officials accountable for implementing all our curriculum goals and policies to ensure the highest academic standards are met and students are competitive and successful," she added.
The adopted 2012-13 budget totaled $57,925,136 with a 1.99 percent tax levy increase, one that McDonough felt troubled the board the most in the planning process.
"This year’s budget process was especially challenging due to the new 2 percent tax cap law," she said. "But we were able to propose a budget that was below the 2 percent cap limit while retaining all of our educational and extracurricular activities with very few modifications."
With the budget process completed, McDonough plans to focus on student achievement whlie controlling spending in the months to come.
"I hope to promote the continuous assessment of all conditions affecting the education of our students, monitor student achievement and implement changes where necessary while remaining fiscally responsible to our community members," McDonough explained.
"We will be involved in contract negotiations with all of our labor units - teachers, custodial staff, clerical staff and administrators. The outcome of these negotiations will have direct impacts on our future budgets and educational policies."