CHARACTERISTICS OF SERVANT LEADERS
Ability to assist others in realizing their full potential
Holding self and others responsible for actions within their control
Followers have priority, receive credit for their work
Placing one's self in perspective
True to oneself professionally, publicly and privately
Taking risks, being innovative, overcoming fears
Ability to understand others' perspectives and experiences
Practicing services for and take responsibility for the larger society
The phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in an essay that he published in 1970. A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. The characteristics listed below are what I believe a School Board Member must possess.
As trying as this past year has been there is always a“silver lining” if we have an open mind and are willing to look forward. In moving forward I believe we need to work at sharpening our listening skills and develop a deeper commitment to listening intently to others, for what is being said and unsaid.
A servant leader also needs to understand and empathize with others. People need to be accepted and recognized for their contributions.
- Anna Klimkowicz
- Housing Program Manager, Housing Counseling & Assistance & Transitional Living at Northwest Compass, Inc. in Mt. Prospect, for the past 10 years
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Part time Substance Abuse and Gambling Counselor
- Master of Human Services in Counseling, National-Louis University, 2010
- Master of Public Administration, Roosevelt University
- Bachelor of Science - Business Education, Northern Illinois Univ.
- Licensed Professional Counselor since 2010
- Current Chairperson, Schaumburg Peer Jury
- Currently serving on the Governor’s Taskforce for Social Emotional Learning
- Alumni Member, of the Hoffman Estates Citizens Police Academy Alumni; Prior Volunteer at WING's Domestic Violence Shelter; Prior Volunteer on fundraisers for the Children’s Advocacy Center
- Prior civic involvement includes: PTA - Schaumburg Township Council President and other PTA offices; Girl Scout leader, and Vice-President Boy Scouts Learning for Life Program
Elected offices held:
- Township High School District 211 Board Member since 1997
- Serve on the governing board of the Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization 1998-2008 and 2011 to present as Vice-President
- Resolutions Chairman for the North-Cook Division of the Illinois Association of School Boards 2005 to present.
Maintain fiscal responsibility and remain debt free: For many years District 211 utilized working cash bonds to pay for capital improvements to keep the facilities in excellent condition. The board directed the administration to develop a strategy to pay the debt and also to abate over $30 million dollars over 10 years which decreased the levy and saved the property taxpayer money.
The recommended levy amounts are determined by the amount of funds needed to support general operating costs for educational purposes along with support for ongoing building and maintenance costs and transportation. The Tax Cap law restricts the District to increase the levy amount only by the increase of CPI plus an EAV of new construction.
Provide Academic and social emotional support to students, while also providing emotional support to staff. We will need to prepare a path for instruction not only for our current students but also for the students coming from the feeder school who have lost educational opportunities during these past 10 months.
Review the 2016 Strategic Plan to plan for the next five years. The 2016 plan identifies four strategic areas: Life Readiness; Professional Responsiveness; Community Partnerships; and OrganizationalEffectiveness. These areas have served as a written directive that all can follow. Going forward will require a review of the key priorities and goals of each strategic area to determine the future direction and what areas need to be added, expanded or redirected and how best to envision “The 211 of Tomorrow.”
D211Equity Team and Cultural Audit. The issue of diversity has been raised and the Board directed the administration to compile feedback from the community. Input is sought from numerous focus groups.
Question & Answer
I seek re-election to District 211 School Board to safeguard our schools so our communities can continue to depend on them for excellence far beyond any single board or board member’s term. I’ll use my experience as a board member to make sure we provide opportunities and support to every family, especially because the need for both will escalate as a result of the pandemic. I listen to all points of view and fairly consider arguments or concerns on their merits, regardless of origin, because effective school board members balance everyone’s interests and show aptitude for teamwork.
The current board did a lot of things right. We used our reserves to upgrade our ventilation systems and increase sanitation months before other districts did the same. We aggressively purchased personal protective equipment well beyond minimum requirements and used it to offer safe in person learning to our most vulnerable students in early fall. We expanded into opening for safe in person learning for all students soon afterward and made sure the 50% of our families who requested remote learning did so right alongside their in-person peers. We also raised pay for substitute teachers to address staffing shortages and we built enough flexibility into our response to adapt to constantly changing government guidance.
The pandemic put pressure on all of us. We responded to that pressure by facilitating what our families asked for: half wanted in person learning and half wanted remote learning. It’s our job to deliver and we did. Hindsight gives us opportunities to learn and grow. As we move forward we need to learn from this past year, so we can be even better prepared for the future. I look forward to playing an active role in that process.
I thoroughly review all materials the superintendent provides. I prepare well so that I can ask tough questions, even if they make people uncomfortable. I listen to all points of view and consider them when I vote. I educate myself about state law and authority, and carefully weigh the risks and benefits of submitting to or disregarding either before making a decision. I demonstrate stewardship when I weigh the short and longterm consequences of proposals. Most of all, I hold myself accountable to serve not just to the people who vote for me, but the people who don’t. I serve on the board to protect and promote our schools, and by extension our community.
As someone who works with the homeless, I care a great deal about consistency. Families need consistency in order to thrive, which is why I repeatedly pushed the administration to consistently deliver high quality in person and remote learning over the past year, pandemic notwithstanding. I'm proud we offered full time in person learning to our most vulnerable students beginning in September of 2020. I take a special interest in these students and pressured our district to meet their needs months before other districts even opened their doors. It is quite a challenge to deliver the kind of education our community expects when half of our students choose in person learning and half choose remote learning, but one that we meet though proactive planning, commitment, and our financial reserves.
Like most districts this year, our board confronted pandemic related staffing shortages. When our superintendent was forced to implement temporary short-term pauses to in person learning due to conflicting guidance from the Cook county department of public health and the Illinois department of public health, I worked with my fellow board members to prevent future pauses and voted to pass a resolution resolving the primary driver of those shortages in January.
We are safely conducting in person classes right now and have been since October, with little disruption. We made the decision to follow the science while prioritizing the diverse needs of our students from the beginning, so we addressed each safety requirement for in person services even before the CDC’s most recent guidance. We know that schools safely provide in-person instruction when they implement the following strategies: improve ventilation, universal masking, social distancing, contact tracing/testing, health screening, and improve sanitation. D211 implements all of those strategies. With the benefit of hindsight, I want to provide more on-site testing capacity for students and staff, so I’m pushing for that right now.
I push the administration to offer maximum athletic opportunities allowable under IHSA guidelines. Students need sports and extracurriculars as much as they need academics. I support providing those opportunities within the guidelines because doing so minimizes the district's legal risk in the event of an exposure and ensures our teams have other teams to play against. At the same time, I understand some families do not feel comfortable participating in athletics at this time and respect their decision.
VOTE TO RE-ELECT ANNA KLIMKOWICZ
EARLY VOTING WILL TAKE PLACE: MARCH 10 - APRIL 5
PLEASE VOTE ON APRIL 6, 2021 – YOUR SUPPORT IS IMPORTANT – THANK YOU!