Meet OLCHS Dist. 229 candidate for the Robert ‘Rob’ Cruz college board

OAK LAWN, IL —Robert “Rob” Cruz introduces himself Oak Garden Group Excessive College Dist. 229 college board through the subsequent consolidated election on April 6. Cruz, 42, is a longtime Oak Garden resident, attending Dist. 123 faculties and graduated from Oak Garden Group Excessive College. He’s an entrepreneur and works in building and growth. Cruz is a 5 candidates, together with three incumbents, vying for 3 seats on Dist. 229 College board. The highest three vote-winners will win the election. Early voting begins on March 22.

Age (on polling day): 42

Metropolis / city of residence: Oak garden

College District: 229

Household: Sandra Cruz (Guerrero) and her daughter Lola Cruz

Does anybody in your loved ones work in politics or authorities? This contains all kinfolk who work within the authorities for which you might be operating: No

Schooling: Studied enterprise administration on the College of Dubuque IA

Occupation (please embrace years of expertise): Small enterprise proprietor, 16 (building and growth)

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Earlier or present elected or appointed mandates: No.

Probably the most urgent difficulty dealing with Dist. 229 and that is what I intend to do about it.

Make dad and mom, college students and workers really feel comfy returning to high school for protected full-time in-person studying. I plan to create extra communication throughout the respective teams relating to how we are going to monitor safety protocols. As well as, I’ll counsel {that a} portion of the $ 3,000,000 given to the district be used to make sure that our faculty is sanitized and cleaned in a way that’s handy for the scholars, workers and fogeys of OLCHS.

What are the essential variations between you and different candidates looking for this place?

I’ve at all times differentiated myself by my work ethic. I labored tirelessly in my youth as a beginning quarterback on a state championship workforce 2 instances. I’ve labored tirelessly in my skilled profession as a small enterprise proprietor. I select to be the toughest employee within the room

In case you are a challenger, in what approach has the present board or chief let down the neighborhood or district?

Lately there was a property tax hike in Oak Garden and communication may have been higher.

Describe the opposite points that outline your marketing campaign platform.

1. Security in our faculties as we open up full-time face-to-face studying
2. Hold property taxes inexpensive as a result of COVID-19 has disrupted our economic system
3. Communication with taxpayers on how the funds raised are used.

What accomplishments in your previous would you cite as proof which you could deal with this job?

As a small enterprise proprietor for 16 years, I’ve dealt with adversity as circumstances in the true property market have been erratic. Throughout this time, I used to be recognized with leukemia and resisted chemotherapy whereas operating my enterprise. I’ve confronted adversity earlier than and might deal with the ups and downs that include this job.

Why ought to voters belief you?

As a result of I’ll prioritize the wants of kids!

For those who have been to win this place, what achievement would make your tenure successful?

Getting our college students and workers again to high school safely whereas maintaining property taxes at or beneath present ranges as we recuperate from COVID-19.

What do you consider tax coverage, authorities spending, and the administration of taxpayer cash within the workplace you are in search of?

The coverage is to take solely what we have to obtain our targets whereas placing the financial savings within the arms of the onerous employees at Oak Garden.

Do you assist Black Lives Matter and what do you consider the protests because the dying of George Floyd and the homicide of Jacob Blake?

Protests are protected by the First Modification and I assist these efforts. Riots and harmful gatherings are usually not and ought to be condemned.

Do you assume the present council has finished sufficient to assist racial equality, and if not, what particularly ought to be finished to take action?

I believe the board has positioned itself to serve ALL college students. Nevertheless, whereas the board has been gender various, it has not been ethnically so. Hope to vary that this 12 months.

What do you consider the district’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic? Are you in favor of distance studying, in-person studying, or a hybrid of the 2? Do you assist a masks mandate for college kids and faculty workers, or a compulsory coronavirus take a look at for college kids and workers?

District administration of the virus went effectively. At first of the pandemic, the cease was justified as a result of we knew little or no about COVID-19. I agreed with the questionnaire that was despatched to oldsters giving them the selection in a survey of how they wished to proceed. I consider the hybrid is the most suitable choice in the meanwhile with a full-time in-person studying purpose within the fall. I consider college students and workers ought to be required to put on masks whereas on college property.

When the vaccine is accessible to them, do you assist obligatory COVID-19 vaccinations for college kids and workers?

I do not assume the COVID-19 vaccine ought to be obligatory. I consider this determination ought to be left within the arms of the individuals and never a mandate from the federal government.

Is there a cause why you would not fulfill your whole mandate, apart from well being or household?


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