Kenneth Kovarik: Candidate Profile

York Center Park Board (6-year Terms)

Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted. Jump to:BioKey IssuesQA Bio City: LombardWebsite: Candidate did not respond.Office sought: York Center Park Board (6-year Terms)Age: 51Family: Married for 6 years, one daughter 3yrs. Lived in the the area all my life (51 years).Occupation: Lieutenant with the York Center Fire District. Been with the district for 26 years.Education: Bachelors of Arts Degree from Benedictine University (2008)Civic involvement: Congress Knolls board member.Elected offices held: NoneHave you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: NoneCandidate's Key Issues Key Issue 1 To make sure the educational programs continue and are beneficial for the students in the classes.Key Issue 2 With the recent violence occuring in our schools, making sure the children taking classes are as protected as we can make them.Key Issue 3 Candidate did not respond.Questions Answers What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?I believe all of the programs are paying for themselves.Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.There is a new development possibly going in which is in two park districts. There should be discussion with the developers to see what the park district could get.Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them? Or, should they wait until the economy improves?Not sure at this time.Would you support sharing/pooling resources (i.e. printing, vehicles) with other local governments (school districts, village, etc.)? If so, what areas would you consider combining or merging to save money or improve efficiency?This would be something to possibly look into if there is a need for it. One thing we all have to keep in mind with the budget constraints we are under what can we do to save the tax payers money and continue to have educational programs which will benefit our community.If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the park board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.My daughter is going to preschool at the park district and I wanted to be active in the park district and make sure the programs continue.