March 29, 2011 12:34PM
Office sought: School Board Member Kirby 140 School District
Name: Chuck Augustyniak
Address: 7861 Bristol Park Drive Tinley Park, IL 60477
Date of Birth: September 22, 1957
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Chuck Augustyniak for Kirby 140 School Board
Education: BA degree Lewis University 1988, achieved designation of Master School Board Member by the Illinois Association of School Boards
Occupation/Employer: Deputy Sheriff Cook County Sheriff Department
Please list all sources of income: Sheriff’s Department of Cook County
Spouse/Spouse’s Employer: Connie (Zanzig) Augustyniak, Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation;Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Children/Ages of children: Craig,16, Peter, 7
Please list any relatives, including in-laws, who are employed by a government agency at the federal, state or local levels. What are their job titles and with what agency are they employed?
What other elected offices have you sought? What year?
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Have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime? If so, for what? What was your sentence?
Do you have any criminal convictions on your record? If so, for what? What was your sentence? Election code violation in 1991, community service
Political (elected or significant appointment) experience:
Elected to Orland Hills Public Library District as trustee for two terms, served as Vice President
Served as Orland Hills Village Collector 1997-2004
Kirby 140 School Board 2007-present: held all offices including Secretary, Vice President and currently Board President
In your view, what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues?
Forced consolidation of the schools: While I believe great economies of scale and reduced cost can be achieved by mergers, forcing districts into huge bureaucratic mega-districts destroys local control. Secondly, reduced state funding burdens local property taxes.
Please explain something significant you would like to accomplish within the next two years if you are elected to the office to which you aspire?
Continue to streamline administrative costs to focus tax dollars into the classroom. Continue intergovernmental agreements to share costs.
Please explain how you believe the office you’re seeking can help in creating local jobs. Sending our kids to high school ready to learn and be prepared for the new global economy helps create a topflight workforce.
Do you believe the current way Illinois pays for education is working? If so, Why? If not, why not? What would you change?
The state needs to look hard at unfunded mandates and to more evenly spread the funds throughout the State.
Would you make any changes to the budget of the governing unit to which you are seeking elected office? If so, what? I would continue to work at streamlining the district. I would continue to balance our trend of declining enrollment with demographic changes in the district (i.e.,a growing English-as-a-second-language population). Also, to meet the everchanging state mandates.
Are there any issues you want to bring to the Public’s attention? If so, what? We are working hard every day to insure our kids get the best education possible. However, we need all our partners: parents, teachers, administrators, Board members and the community at large involved. They can use the website and attend a Board meeting.