Endorsed by Sue Quinn
From: Susan Quinn
Sent: Sunday, March 27, 2011
If you’re on this list, you know I support the Vote 1-3-5 candidates (Sriram, Herr, Iannuzzelli) for District 15 School Board. Indeed, I have been campaigning hard for them these last few months. But there are still many people who are undecided, or may not even know there is an election on April 5th: seniors whose property taxes support the district; grandparents whose children are affected by district decisions; homeschooling and private schooling parents whose taxes still support District 15. In fact, anyone who pays taxes and came out to defeat the Bond referendum last fall has a stake in this election.
This email is my formal endorsement of the Vote 1-3-5 candidates – please reach out to your friends and neighbors to share it.
District 15 School Board Candidates – Vote 1-3-5 (www.Vote135.org)
1 – Mrs. Manjula Sriram – Manjula is a highly educated (technology professional and MBA student) parent of two students in District 15. In the years since our boys were together in Kindergarten, Manjula has impressed me with how much she values the education her boys receive. Since she decided to run for school board, I’ve watched her walk precincts, hold coffees, and work hard to earn your vote and a chance to serve her community. Her passion for education, her skills in project management and finance, and her dedication to representing the community will make her an excellent board member.
3 – Mr. Scott Herr – Scott has a degree in Computer Science and an MBA, which he has used in several senior management positions, including VP of Information Systems, where he created strategic plans and budgets for large corporations. Being highly educated, and with children who have recently graduated from District 15, I know Scott values education and wants every child in District 15 to receive a 21st century education. During the Bonds on the Ballot initiative, I watched Scott step into a leadership role, digging in and finding the truth about the financial state of our district. During the campaign, I’ve seen him work hard to analyze and propose solutions for the financial problems facing our district, as well as communicate them to the community . Scott’s problem-solving skills, willingness to tackle tough issues, and determination to speak out about them will make him a great board member.
5 – Mr. Gerard Iannuzzelli – Gerard also has a degree in Computer Science, and works as Director of Technology at Des Plaines Office Equipment, managing budgets and negotiating contracts. I didn’t meet Gerard until after he had filed to run for the Board, but I was impressed by his passion for education (his children attend a District 15 school and his wife is a Special Education teacher) and the way he speaks from his heart about the issues. Gerard has a gift for plain speaking that boils issues down in a way that everyone can immediately grasp them, and those kinds of communication skills are greatly needed for the board to rebuild trust with the community. During the campaign, I’ve seen Gerard bring his technology skil ls and innovative thinking to the team, as well as campaign hard to bring the Vote 1-3-5 message to the community. Gerard’s technology background, forward-thinking, and straight-talk will be a tremendous asset on the Board of Education.
While Manjula, Scott, and Gerard each bring strong backgrounds and independent thinking to the board, as a team they stand together on three values: eliminate deficit spending, strengthen the curriculum, and decide openly and transparently. These are the ingredients for NEW LEADERSHIP on the District 15 Board of Education, something that our community desperately needs to face the difficult financial and education decisions ahead.
Please help spread the word about these fine candidates, for a fresh start in District 15.
District 15 Board of Education Member