Letter: Parent representation needed on the current School Board

By on March 26, 2009

My name is Pedro Rivas, and I am a 2009 candidate for the Kaneland Board of Education. I have been a resident of Sugar Grove for 16 years and have two sons, one at Kaneland John Shields Elementary and one at Kaneland Middle School.

I believe strongly in the importance of community involvement. I have volunteered as a basketball and baseball coach for the Sugar Grove Park District for five years, and my other volunteer work has included Jr. Achievement, Special Olympics, Habitat For Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America.

I feel strongly that any school board should be made up primarily of parents of active students in any given district. This is a must for me if the best interests of the students and their families are to be served. Parents should be involved at all levels, especially the decision making one. The existing Kaneland Board of Education is not made up of parents of active Kaneland students. Only one board member has children currently attending Kaneland schools.

Like many Kaneland residents, I have wondered “why?” throughout the years. Why is the district in a financial crisis? Why are our registration fees higher than other districts? Why are some grades “blocked” while others are not? Why is our grading scale different from all of the surrounding communities? Why are our ISAT scores not higher? Why do we not formally introduce the concept of “grades” to fourth and fifth graders in order to prepare them for middle school? These are just some of the many questions that I have had, and have heard from those around me.

Rather than continuing to ponder, I’ve decided to get involved. Those voting for me will be getting a concerned and involved parent to represent their interests. It’s time for a change, for a fresh look and a fresh opinion. I look forward to and am excited about the challenge, and with your help, hope to soon be a fresh face on the Kaneland Board of Education.

Pedro Rivas
Sugar Grove