Joann Coghill is one of nine candidates running for the Community Unit School District 200 Board of Education in the 2013 election. Coghill, 63, is a realtor and broker. She attended the University of Denver for two years and has been on the District 200 Board of Education since 2004. She lives in Carol Stream with her husband, Skip, and has three children, Jenna, 33, Joe, 31, and Justin, 28.
Name: Joann Coghill
Position sought: District 200 Board of Education
Campaign contact information:
- E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 630-675-3800
- Address: 26W110 Wood Lark Drive, Carol Stream 60188
Family (name, relationship and age): Husband, Skip, 64; Daughter, Jenna, 33; and sons, Joe, 31 and Justin, 28
Education (degree and school):
- University of Denver for 2 years
Political party affiliation, if any:
Previous elected offices: District 200 School Board
Applicable experience qualifying you for the position: Wheaton North Booster President
What is the primary reason you are running for this office?
Educating our children is a primary interest and passion of mine. If I had my life to do over, I would have been a teacher. I like being part of the solution to issues, problems and the direction of the district.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
To keep a balanced budget as we have for the past few years.
What sets you apart from the other candidates?
I believe I have the patience and ability to look at all sides of any issue and not be singled-minded or not willing to compromise or even change an opinion. My experience as a Wheaton Realtor has given me access to the public and knowledge of what is important to current and future residents.
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How long have you lived in Wheaton?
I have lived in unincorporated Milton Township with a Carol Stream address for 22 years.
If applicable, how long have you been involved with Wheaton?
I have been involved in the PTA’s with different positions throughout my 3 children’s school years. At Wheaton North I was very involved in the Booster Club and was President for 4 years. Two of those years I didn’t even have a child there. I was on the Referendum committee to renovate the high schools. My nine years on the School Board has given me extensive experiences on many committees working with the City Of Wheaton and the Park District.
What's your favorite thing about Wheaton (District 200)?
My favorite thing isn’t a thing but our children and the people who devote their professional lives to instructing our children and making a difference in their lives. Our residents know the importance of the reputation of our school district, which directly affects their home values. I often tell my fellow Board members, I wish they could be a realtor for a day to hear that the #1 reason people move to the towns in our district and stay here, is because of our schools.
What is the biggest problem in Wheaton (District 200)?
The biggest problem is to consistently deliver the highest level of education, which our residents expect and deserve on a challenging budget.
What is your stance on the Jefferson Referendum?
I am 100 percent for passing the Jefferson Referendum. The current facility is unacceptable for the students it serves. It will be paid off in 11 years and with our current bond debt will only increase the average homeowner’s taxes by $20 - $50 a year.