Robert L. Rossi
March 29, 2011 1:24PM
Office sought: District 206 School Board Member
Name: Robert L. Rossi
Address: 20507 Dutra Ave, Chicago Heights, Ill.
Date of Birth: February 17, 1953
Education: Graduated Marian High School, 1971
Attended Prairie State
Occupation, employer: Owner/Hairstylist of Samuel’s Hairstyling, Homewood, Ill.
Sources of income: Samuel’s Hairstyling, Bloom Township Trustee
Spouse, spouse employer: Janine Rossi, St. James Hospital
Relatives working at local areas that I serve; NO
Offices sought; Township clerk, 2001, lost, township trustee, elected in 2005, 2009
District 206 School Board Member, elected in 1993, 1997, 2003, 2007
Been arrested or charged with a crime: NO
Criminal convictions on record: NO
Political( elected or appointment)experience: District 206 School Board Member, Olympia Gardens Fire Protection District, president, Bloom Township trustee
Two important issues facing constituents:
1. To think on their own and keep local politics out of their decisions and the district.
2. Getting up to speed on the districts issues and to attend local seminars to give them the knowledge needed to be a board member.
Significant to accomplish:
To continue to improve communications with the parents of the students and also the taxpayers.
Better graduation rate and to also receive the funding from the state.
Creating local jobs
The school district is there to educate students, not to create jobs. I don’t foresee any new jobs.
Do I believe current way of paying for education is working:
NO. Part of the formula to fund education should come from increasing personal income tax and sales tax to help fund education. But, also to give property tax relief to all property owners.
Would I make changes to the budget:
I believe the administration does a good job for the district. And they are always searching where they can make cuts and where they can improve. It’s a whole lot different looking in from the outside. Your hands are tied at times with the state regulations.
Are there issues to bring to the public:
I’ve served on the school board for four terms through some very tough decisions. I’ve learned a lot and I’m still learning. I’m here for the students and the taxpayers of District 206 and I don’t take this elected office lightly. I serve you the taxpayers. Thank you for allowing me to.