Dianne Jeffries and Thomas J. Wiley are are vying for one open seat on the Cambridge school board. Ms. Jeffries retured a candidate questionnaire to The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus. Mr. Wiley did not.
NAME: Dianne Jeffries AGE: ADDRESS: Cambridge OCCUPATION:Human resources, John Deere Seeding & Cylinder FAMILY: Husband Tadd, children, Seth, 23, Jacob, 16, and Ella, 8 EDUCATION: Sherrard High School; Western Illinois University, Macomb
POLITICAL PARTY: OFFICE SOUGHT: Cambridge school board PRIOR OFFICE: Two terms on the school board WHY RUNNING:My experience, coupled with my willingness to spendwhatever amount of time necessary to ensure the continued quality of education provided in our schools make me an excellent candidate. KEY ISSUE: Key issues we continue to face include the unpredictability of state and federal funding, changes related to curriculum and assessment with the implementation of Common Core Standards and the new state of Illinois battery of testing. Now is the time in which Cambridge school district needs experienced board members to help make decisions.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.