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As the member of two (2) Local School Council’s in the ward, I know the importance of interacting with the principals of the school. I would meet with the principals of the schools in the ward to understand each school’s individual needs. I’d try to assess commonalities and synergies between the schools, but also try to address unique concerns that each school has. I also agree with utilizing TIF funds as currently available (or possibly as modified) to help schools with their budget shortcomings. Having seen CPS cut budgets after the start of the school year resulting in unpopular cuts, having access to these funds could be critically important to saving vital resources at those schools.
I have a long history of working with local schools, I want to learn the needs of my principals and work with them to achieve goals. I have already delivered TIF money for certain priorities and I plan to be inventive in ensuring that we meet the school’s needs.