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  • Public servant: Kim Nightingale

  • This week the Orion Gazette features Orion school board member Kim Nightingae.

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  • Taxing body Orion Community Unit School District 223
    Postion Member, school board; member, district calendar, discipline, insurance and graduation requirements committees
    Who and what inspired you to enter public service?
    I have always been impressed with the excellent teachers and educational programs in Orion. I wanted to have some small part in continuing this level of excellence.
    Why did you seek this position?
    A previous board member left. I applied to complete the remainder of his term. Since then, I have won two more re-elections, as I believe with my background in education I can bring a different perspective.
    What are your biggest challenges as a public servant? How do you handle them?
    Responding to the many differing viewpoints when difficult and unpopular decisions need to be made. I try to keep informed so I can have an open mind and listen to all sides of the discussion.
    What moments have been the most memorable in your public service?
    Learning about all areas in the working of the district.
    Making very difficult decisions and trying to always have the best interests of the students in mind.
    Age 59
    Residence Orion
    Education Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Social Work degree, University of Iowa
    Occupation School social worker, East Moline District 37
    Hobbies Reading, cooking, gardening
    Family Husband, Fred; step-daughter, Amanda, Seattle, Wash.; son, Greg, deceased in 2009
    Do you know a public servant who deserves to be profiled? We’re looking for someone with an Orion area connection—someone who is (1) employed here, (2) lives here, employed elsewhere, or (3) graduated from Orion or used to live here.
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