By Elizabeth Fay
ROCKFORD (WREX) - Jeanne Westholder tries to hang on to the Rockford Board of Education Subdistrict B Seat she's held for the past four years but attorney, Tim Rollins, wants it too.
Tough votes went before the Rockford Board of Education this year and incumbent Westholder says it handled them well. Rollins thinks otherwise. "I think they should have involved the public more. I think they should have been more up front with the public earlier and had a better process for public input," says Rollins. He also thinks its necessary to create a budget committee with finance experts from the community.
At the past few board meetings, community members spoke about a lack of transparency. Westholder says district 205 does a good job keeping the public informed with open meetings, information online and newsletters. She says the information has always been there but people don't look for it."Anyone who might not have been paying attention before certainly kind of woke up and went oh my gosh, this is really hitting home with me now," says Westholder.
While other candidates speak out against the superintendent, Subdistrict B hopefuls don't criticize her."I had the ability to work with all three superintendents and I think that's what we need to do, no matter who the leader is of the district. It's important that we move ahead. I certainly look for cohesiveness," says Westholder.
"Ultimately, the responsibility for all of this lies with the board. The board knew about the budget committee and allowed it to happen. The board knew that the administration was thinking about school closings but allowed it to go forward in that way it did," says Rollins.
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