Katie Karam was born and raised in Barrington. She and her husband, Chris, are thankful to raise their three children in such a wonderful community. Katie’s decision to run for Barrington Board of Education was fueled by her experiences on the PTO Executive Board of Roslyn Road, where she developed an appreciation for the volunteer efforts that impact D220. Service on the D220 school board would amplify her role in serving our schools, the “heart of our community”.
Katie has followed board meetings over the years and has filled out every D220 parent survey. She has studied the current Board’s priorities and discussed these with other D220 parents and has determined that the Board’s decisions do not always reflect the voice of the community. Katie will have children at Roslyn Road, Prairie Middle School, and Barrington High School next year and is directly impacted by the Board’s decisions.
If elected, Katie will be a true representative of the community and the parents whose children are depending on receiving an education that will prepare them for life. This past year has been particularly disruptive to parents and their children. Katie will make sure that the resources of the school district are focused on returning to fulltime in-person learning and establishing a plan to keep our students in school.
Katie is also concerned about the harm that prolonged and erratic school closings have had on children’s mental health and wellbeing. She believes that D220 should work with parents on a plan to address this issue. Katie also wants to focus on the learning loss associated with distance learning, especially with “middle of the road” children who have been lost in the Zoom shuffle.
Katie believes that long term we need to focus on fiscal discipline by increasing transparency and being responsible with taxpayer money. D220 needs to clearly articulate how our tax dollars are being spent and make sure those tax dollars are allocated to the activities that produce the highest educational returns for our children. Katie supports limiting terms of board members to allow for new ideas and a fresh set of eyes focused on the issues in the district.
Katie attended Miami University, following graduation she went on to her first job at Starcom. She also worked for the American Cancer Society where she planned events. She belongs to the Barrington Junior Women’s Club and has helped plan the Barrington Honor Ride and Run.