Name: Deborah (Debbie) Sykora Age: 64
Immediate Family: Rich Sykora – spouse
Jacqueline Sykora – daughter
Jonathan Sykora – son
Current Occupation: Retired teacher serving on the Valley View School Board
Why have you decided to run for election/reelection in the Valley View Community Unit School District No. 365U race for members of the board of education? I want to continue to build on the successes of the Valley View School District. I feel that the fact that I taught in the Valley View School District for over 35 years and have served on the Valley View School board for 4 years shows my compassion for the education of the children.
What project most needs to be completed within the Valley View School District? And how would you work to ensure the project is actually finished and done well? I want to ensure that the Early Childhood expansion is completed. I voted for the expansion of the Early Childhood Program so that we can service over 300 more young students than we are currently servicing. I am constantly checking on the progress of the development and the programs being provided to these children.
The Valley View School district is very diverse. According to the Illinois Report Card issued for the 2015-2016 school year 43% students are Latino, 20.1% are black, 25.8% are white, 6.6% are Asian, and 4.1% students are from two races or more. What role do you think schools play in maintaining our community diverse and welcoming to people of all backgrounds? Yes, Valley View is a very diverse community. The district has always embraced all the children. Starting at the elementary level, the school hold cultural fairs for children, at all levels, black history month is taught and I feel that all students embrace this cultural diversity. We prepare all of our student to be college and career ready.
What differentiates you from other candidates running for this seat? I feel that the fact that I taught in the Valley View School District for over 35 years and have served on the Valley View School Board for the last 4 years differentiates me from the other candidates. I feel that this shows my dedication to the community and the students of Bolingbrook and Romeoville.
Outside of politics, what are some of your other interests? Outside of politics, I serve on the Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation that raises money for grants for teachers in the Valley View System. I serve as the grant chairperson for the foundation. I am a past elder and deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of DuPage and remain active in the church. I also try to volunteer as much as possible such as at Feed My Starving Children. I also enjoy visiting my grown children as often as possible.
Why should people vote for you in this race? People should vote for me because I bring with me years of experience in education so therefore, I bring with me practicality to the board. I served on many committees to help enhance the education of the children while I taught and I continue to serve on many committees as a board member that contribute to the quality of the children’s education. I am very active in the community and am accessible to the schools and the community. I served on the committee for the 50th Anniversary for the Village of Bolingbrook. I serve on the Academic/Curriculum Committee for the district as well as the Advisory Board for Brooks Middle School, the Accountability Impact Team for Bolingbrook High School, as well as the Anti-bullying Committee for the district.