Spring Election 2018: Twin Lakes School Dist. No. 4 candidates Q&A

Voters in Twin Lakes School Dist. No. 4 (Lakewood School) will be able to cast a ballot in a contested school board race on April 3.

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

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

Nicholas Heckel — Age: 38. Village, town, city where you reside: Twin Lakes. Education: Illinois State University – Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and National-Louis University – Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Occupation:  Elementary School Principal. Previous elected/appointed public office: No answer given.

Patricia Platts — Age: 73. Village, town, city where you reside: Resident of Twin Lakes 53 years. Education: St. Mary’s/Burlington Catholic Central, 1962; Accreditation from School of Cosmetology, Racine. Occupation: Owner, Pat’s Hair Cottage. Previous elected/appointed public office: 37 years on the Lakewood School Board.

1.) What will be your top priorities if elected to the School Board?

Heckel — My top priority if I am elected is to ensure that the education that the students of Lakewood receive is the best possible education in the area.  We have amazing teachers at Lakewood and progress is being made everyday in the education that our children receive.  Bringing on a new District Administrator who is focused on improving education and community relationships is vital to the continued growth and success of Lakewood.

Platts — My top priorities are getting a district administrator in place, so he or she can give the teachers the resources they need to help our students thrive. Transparency is another top priority. Open communication within the school and out in the community. Making sure the mission, goals and expectations are clearly communicated and executed. Making sure students are put first. That is why we are all here. Making sure their needs are met, that they know they are supported and will be successful.

 2.) Why are you the best choice for School Board?

Heckel — I have been an educator for the past 16 years and I have spent 10 of those years as a building administrator.  In my time I have worked with students from preschool through high school.  As an administrator previously in a small Preschool through 8th grade district I sat at the board table during contract negotiations.  I have had the pleasure of working in my career in both Illinois and Wisconsin.  I am currently a principal of a kindergarten through 6th grade building with over 500 students.  My experiences have taught me a great deal about students, families and the communities that I serve.

Platts — I am the best choice because I am dedicated, committed, involved and passionate about our students and staff at Lakewood School. I wholeheartedly believe in putting the students first. The students are the future and with a good foundation and solid support systems in place, they will be unstoppable! I have been committed to making sure those foundations are in place. With 37 years of experience on the board, I have the knowledge and ability to help our school continue to progress forward, reaching new levels of achievement. We have already made huge strides for the much needed changes, both cosmetically and academically. I would like to continue the work that is still left to be done.

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