William Bernard Eagan, III
Candidate Name: William (Bill) Bernard Eagan III
Office Seeking: School District 203 School Board
Campaign Website: www.Eaganfor203.com
Subdivision/Neighborhood: Heritage Knolls
Closest School: River Woods
Occupation and/or Professional Training: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant
How long in years have you been a Naperville resident? 18 years
Number of school-age children? 2
Service on Boards, Commissions, Task Forces, etc. with dates served (nonprofit too): Naperville Jaycees 2008 – 2015 (now a rooster); Ran Last Fling in 2013, Naperville Sunrise Rotary 2010 – present, Treasurer for 5 years; Naperville Park District Commissioner last 10 years
The following answers have only been edited for formatting purposes.
1. Why are you running to serve the board of education?
I believe the board would benefit from my leadership and financial background.
2. What is the school district’s most pressing need?
3. What are strengths and weaknesses, if any, of the school district’s programs dedicated toward special education students, English Language Learners (ELL), students “in the middle” and gifted students?
The district has strong programs to support special education students as well ELL and gifted students. The district is failing those kids who are just a point or two below the PI program, denying children who even write their own appeal letter. The district needs to allow for parent input and waivers in these cases. Would we prefer our kids to fail in the K – 8 or in High School when it matters? We need policies that encourage our students to reach their maximum potential not to be left in mediocrity.
4. Name three District 203 policies that need review or immediate attention.
We need to establish policies.
- Board of Election shall not shirk their responsibilities and give up their right to govern to the Superintendent.
- School should be open, allow for parent choice, and teach critical thinking skills.
- Drive out cost without compromising quality.
5. How often are you in touch with members of the current School Board? And how many years have you attended/watched school board meetings live or after they’re saved in the archive?
I have emailed concerns throughout my kids’ educational career, and review board meetings.
6. What up-and-coming City of Naperville development do you think will impact School District 203 funding the most? As a board member, where would you look to make budget adjustments?
I do not see any development drastically impacting 203, we are built out. We are under constant threat of the pension cost shift that may cause property taxes to skyrocket.
We need to make sure the budget supports the learning gap that has been created by forcing our children to “e-learn”.
7. In a public relations role as a school board member, how would you orientate a new family to the school district? What engagement opportunities would you suggest for parents to connect with the school regarding volunteer activities, parent-teacher committees to oversee curriculum, etc.
The answer truly depends on the school the child is attending. My daughter attended Madison Junior High and was at a disadvantage for theater programs. We need to make sure there is equity across schools, if there is student demand each school should have a program to meet the students need.
8. Consider K-12 core curriculum to include English (reading, language arts writing), science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts (STEAM), foreign languages, computer science, civics/government/current events, economics, history, geography, physical education/health and social-emotional learning standards. If the school district were forced to eliminate a subject in order to add a new one, what would you eliminate? Any thought of what you would add at what grade level? What’s the parents’ role in monitoring curriculum changes and choices?
I would first work with teachers and parents to try and expand the school day to make it work, if that were not possible, I would allow parental choice to decide what subjects their child should take. Teachers and counselors would be foundational in coaching parents through the decision.
9. Research reveals that high self-esteem and student achievement are closely related to positive parental involvement in school. Considering growing interest in school choice, home-schooling and private schools, what are your thoughts on school vouchers?
I am open to school vouchers, with the Board of Education failing to open schools while private schools are open, we need to support parents choosing to send their children to a school who teaches in person.
10. When was the last time you read the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights?
About 5 years ago, in a legal class.
11. Have you received any donations or endorsements from any organized group(s)? If so, which groups?
I am self-funding my campaign. I have received an endorsement from Safe Suburbs.
12. Name the school teacher who most influenced you. Please include grade, school, city and state. (Parents/family are not eligible.)
Mr. Woodell, 11th grade, Marian Catholic High School Chicago Heights, IL
Anything else you’d like to add?
Free and Appropriate Public Education is foundational to our way of life.