Peter Dombrowski, a Schaumburg resident, announced his candidacy for School District 211 Board of Education. As the largest high school district in the state of Illinois, serving on the Board at District 211 comes with great responsibility and Peter, a non-incumbent, looks forward to talking with voters over the next seven weeks.
Here is his open letter to voters:
As a resident of Schaumburg and fellow taxpayer, I’m concerned with the strategic direction of our High School District 211 Board of Education. Some specific issues we all face with the current Board in charge:
Tax Levy. The pension portion of my tax bill is up 106.4% since 2004. My tax bill supporting District 211, just since 2011, has increased 22.2%.
Excessive Fund Balance. Our Board has hoarded more money than is fiscally responsible, rationalizing this through fears of unrealized state actions. We have a policy and we need to hold our elected officials to that policy.
Board of Education Governance. The Board currently is reactionary. Our Board currently lacks open dialogue and critical assessment of consent agenda items. Structured committees are needed to allow discussions for all stakeholders.
Very Low Voter Turnout. Less than 10% of us are voting. These elections have significant impact on our tax bill. Remind your family, friends, and neighbors. Working together, we can implement strategic goals that will not only continue educational excellence, but also relieve our burden and bring fiscal sanity through strategic planning. I look forward to serving as your elected leader to create the bridge needed between you and our District 211 Board.
BACKGROUND I grew up on the south side of Chicago, in the small blue collar Polish community of Hegewisch. I was raised by my grandparents from the age of four. I attended Purdue University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and hold a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, I am employed as a chief bridge engineer.
VOLUNTEERING I serve as a Member of the School Advisory Board at St. Hubert’s School, as well as an Engineering Mentor for the Future City Teams at my children’s school. I also serve as a volunteer for the UIC Engineering Expo and NCEES committee and have participated in Chicago CanStruction for the past few years.
FAMILY I am married to Cindy (’92 Schaumburg HS) and live in Schaumburg with our three children, Jack, Ava, and Henry, along with our two dogs, Dash and Mattie. We are St. Hubert parishioners.