GLEN ELLYN, Ill. February 18, 2019 – Current School Board President, Stephanie Clark, and School Board Vice President, Kurt Buchholz, are running for re-election to the District 41 (D41) Board of Education (BOE). They are running together as a slate to build on their successes of improving the district’s quality education, making the district more fiscally transparent and holding the line on taxes.
For the past two years, they have successfully leveraged their strong background and knowledge of D41 schools, as well as business and technology experience to bring more accountability, fiscal responsibility and transparency to the Board. They have improved facilities by eliminating the last of the portable classrooms in the district, ensuring all school buildings have the latest security measures and updating our buildings to have the appropriate ADA accommodations. They drove initiatives to improve a previously failing Special Education program and they also negotiated a responsible compromise for a bond issue that resulted in $18 million returned to the taxpayers.
Stephanie Clark is currently the D41 BOE President. Her involvement in the community and school district has included being co-chair for the D41 Special Education Parents’ Support Group and being an active PTA member three of the five D41 schools. She has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, previously working for General Motors. Her children currently attend Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Abraham Lincoln Elementary, and Glenbard West High School.
“I believe there is still more good work that we can do on behalf of the stakeholders of District 41,” said Stephanie Clark, Board of Education candidate. “Space has always been an issue in the District. The Board worked together to pass a referendum to finally eliminate portables in our district and make other improvements in our facilities. Mr. Buchholz and I listened to the community, we urged the Board to ask for a reasonable dollar amount that would allow for targeted and identified improvements to the schools. As incumbents, Mr. Buchholz and I have the experience and successful history with the district that will be valuable moving forward to address space issues.”
Kurt Buchholz is currently serving as the Board’s Vice President. He grew up in Glen Ellyn and is an agency owner for Allstate Insurance. He has three children, one attending Hadley Junior High and the other two who graduated from D41 schools. He graduated with a B.A. degree in Marketing from North Central College. He has served on many civic boards in Glen Ellyn including Commissioner for the Glen Ellyn Park Board, President of the Rotary Club, President of the Rotary Foundation and President of Faith Lutheran Church. He is the Co-Founder of Glen Ellyn Children’s Community Resource Center.
“Managing the budget over the long term is vital to the fiscal health of the district,” said Kurt Buchholz, Board of Education candidate. “Today, our budget is clearer and easier for the taxpayer to read. We have been able to control expenses and align revenue growth moving forward by zeroing the tax levy two years ago and asking for .25% of the total maximum levy this year. All this work has been done while keeping our current programming in place.”
Clark and Buchholz will attend Meet and Greets throughout February and March in Glen Ellyn. They are inviting the public to attend a Meet and Greet at the Glen Ellyn Public Library on Thursday, March 7, from 10:00-11:30am and on Monday, March 11, from 6:30-8:00pm in the South Meeting Room. Early voting begins on March 18 at the Glen Ellyn Public Library and Election Day is April 2, 2019. For more information about the candidates, please visit www.clarkbuchholzd41.com.