After arriving in 2013, Jackie quickly acclimated to Petersburg and became involved in multiple organizations and activities. She obtained her paraprofessional license and joined the PORTA school district as an individual aide just a few months after moving to town. She left that position in 2014 to be a stay-at-home mom after her twins were born. In 2019, she returned to the district as a substitute teacher. In addition to her duties as a mom and working within the school district, Jackie also has a home baking business, Morning Glory Cakes, where she specializes in custom baked goods.
Jackie has volunteered in local VBS programs, summer lunch activities and children’s programs, and was a GROW mentor for several years through the Petersburg Church of Christ. She has been a member of the Town and Country Women’s Club since 2014 where she has participated in numerous volunteer opportunities, fundraisers, and community events.
Message from the candidate:
As a mother of five children in the PORTA district, as well as a past employee, I am deeply committed to the success of our school system. I bring a unique perspective to the board, having worked within the classroom for several years and having fostered numerous relationships with past and present staff members. I plan to use my position on the school board to continue my pursuit of helping others and to be an advocate for those within our school community.
Jeremy Garner has been a resident of the PORTA District for six years. He is married to Mrs. Garner, a Kindergarten teacher at Petersburg Elementary. He has two children Sierra, a Senior and Westin a 3rd Grade student at PORTA. Jeremy is a graduate of A-C Central and majored in secondary education at Illinois College. He has worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections for the past 23 years. He was on the A-C Central board of Education for 7 years. Jeremy has been a member of the PORTA Board of Education the last two years. "I believe I have the experience needed to be an asset for the PORTA Board of Education. Prior to moving to Petersburg, I was on the A-C Board for seven years. During those years, we had to make changes to education and come up with several cost cutting solutions to deal with lack of payments from State funding. I feel during that time we made smart decisions that kept education at the highest level possible with less funding. The past two years as a member of the PORTA Board we have made several strides to improve the education of the students while doing major upgrades needed on PORTA Facilities, all while keeping the cost to tax payers at a minimum. We have also dealt with the unprecedented pandemic during this past year. While dealing with Covid we have maintained the best possible education levels for the students while following the strict mandates on our education system. I feel we have been the leaders in Central Illinois and set a standard of education throughout this pandemic. I have been a firm believer that if at all possible kids need to be in the classroom with the teachers to learn what is essential for them and to protect them from the mental and emotional strain brought on by Covid."
Message from the candidate-
While serving in the Porta school board the last six years, I don’t think there has ever been a year as challenging as they year 2020. I hope to continue to serve the community in providing our students with the best education possible with safety of our students and faculty at hand, all while trying to keep the taxpayers interest in mind.
I understand these challenges and I’m dedicated to the people within the PORTA school district.
Hello, my name is Tracy Thornton and I’m honored for the opportunity to be a candidate for the PORTA School Board. I have lived in Petersburg since 2000, owned and operated Styles N More with my wife Amy since 2003, and our son Billy attends school here at PORTA. I have been an active volunteer or sponsor of many local youth sports leagues, and organizations. I formerly served on the Central Illinois Workforce Investment Board which focuses on real world job training for displaced workers and currently serve on the Menard County Board of Review. As a business owner and father, I believe that I can be a valuable addition to our school board and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve this community.