Spring Election 2016: Silver Lake-Salem J1 School District (Riverview School) board candidate Q&A

Voters in Silver Lake-Salem J1 School District (Riverview School) will be able to cast a ballot in a contested school board race on April 5.

Voters will be able to vote for two at-large candidates out of a field of three.

The same questionnaire was submitted by westofthei.com to each candidate, by email or by mail.

Here is their biographical information, followed by their question responses:

Joy M. Corona — Age:  41. Education:  B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Marquette University.  Licensed Professional Engineer in both Wisconsin and Illinois. Occupation:  Water Resources Engineer. Previous elected or governmental experience:  No previous elected positions. However, I was the Permit Engineer for the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission for 5 years. This position provided extensive experience with both municipal and county government. In my current position, I provide municipal engineering services to numerous communities and represent both public and private interests at Board Meetings and other venues.

Michael Gentile — Age: 37. Education: High School Degree. Occupation: Sales Executive JX Peterbilt. Previous elected or governmental experience: Elected Board member since 2004 for the WKCYF Bulldogs.

Jim Walker — Age: 49. Education: Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Project Management, Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Occupation: Engineering Manager. Previous elected or governmental experience: 11 years’ experience on Silver Lake-Salem J1 School District school board.

1.) Why are you running for the Silver Lake-Salem J1 School District?

Corona —  I have been involved with Riverview since 2007, when my oldest daughter began attending who is now in 8th grade. I have always been an active parent helping in the classrooms and at after school activities. By doing so I have developed a good relationship and understanding of the school and staff. There used to be a greater sense of family, a feeling that the school was a happy place to work and attend. I feel like the dynamics of that have changed, due, in part by lack of communication and involvement.

Gentile — I am running to ensure that we continue to improve the education of the communities children while representing the community in which we all reside. I have included a favorite quote of mine regarding the power of education. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela on education.

Walker — Two of my kids have graduated from Riverview and I have a 5th grader attending there now. They all have had excellent educational and growth experiences at Riverview. I want to make sure all children in the District continue to receive the best possible education and opportunities for growth.

2.) What will be your top priorities if elected?

Corona — The school has experienced many changes over the past several years including a number of staff turnovers, schedule changes and overall building improvements. I would like to improve both communication and support between the families, staff and administration.

Gentile —  I have my four top priorities: 1) Quality Education for all. 2) Challenging curriculum. 3) Financial Responsibility. 4) Parent and community involvement.

Walker — My top priority has always been and remains doing what is best for the children of our District. To do this we need to continue to give our administration and staff the tools and policies they need to provide the best educational opportunities for all students within the financial constraints imposed on the District. A great education is only possible with a great staff which Riverview is fortunate to have. We need to support staff development and collaboration at all grade levels. Building on improvements in relations between the staff, administration and the board is also needed.



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