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Election 2013: Barbara Intihar

Barbara Intihar is one of nine candidates running for the District 200 Board of Education in the 2013 election.

Barbara Intihar is one of nine candidates running for the Community Unit School District 200 Board of Education in the 2013 election. Recently retired, Intihar, 64, has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics/computer science from the University of Illinois. She lives in Wheaton with her husband, Ken, and has a son, Mark, 26.

Name:  Barbara Intihar

Position sought: District 200 Board of Education

Campaign contact information:

Age: 64

 Family (name, relationship and age): Ken, husband, 65; and son, Mark, 26

Education (degree and school):

  • B.S. Mathematics/Computer Science, University of Illinois

Occupation: Recently retired!

Political party affiliation, if any:

Previous elected offices: Member, District 200 Board of Education, 2001-present

Applicable experience qualifying you for the position: 

  • Twelve years on the CUSD 200 Board, holding the offices of Secretary and Vice-President,
  • Service on numerous Board and community committees, and
  • Over twenty years of volunteer service to the school district in a variety of capacities.

What is the primary reason you are running for this office? 

I want to utilize my experience, energy, and passion for life-long learning to continue to improve student learning in District 200.  As evidenced by our most recent survey, the District 200 community appreciates and expects us to do that. 

What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?

I want to ensure that we maintain balance by doing what’s best within our means to adhere to our mission – to inspire, educate, challenge, and support all students to reach their highest level of personal development – and realizing our vision – to be an exemplary, student-focused school district that is highly regarded for the competence and character of our students and the excellence of our people, programs, and learning environment.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I believe that the combination of my experience, my commitment to student learning, and my understanding of the critical work of our District set me apart. 

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How long have you lived in Wheaton (District 200)? Over 32 years

If applicable, how long have you been involved with Wheaton (District 200)?

I have been a volunteer in one capacity or another for over 20 years, beginning in the fall of 1992 when my son entered Kindergarten.

What's your favorite thing about Wheaton (District 200)?

The people in our District 200 community are fabulous! Students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community leaders keep us on our toes and present us with challenges, but the values demonstrated through their actions make me very proud to serve here!

What is the biggest problem in Wheaton (District 200)?

As are many, I am concerned with our State’s ability to support District 200 in the way they really should. On the other hand, District 200 has taken many measures to keep the District on sound financial footing in anticipation of a decrease in the State’s support for our schools.

Where do you stand on Jefferson? Why?

I support building a new Jefferson based on our community’s belief that facilities should support the instructional program and promote student learning. The current building is an encumbrance for today’s program; it is unlikely that it will be able to support future special education mandates. I believe asking for the community’s support at this time was prudent.  Financing costs may never be lower and construction costs are most likely to rise.

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