Ann DeGroot: Candidate Profile
York Center Park Board (6-year Terms)
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Office sought: York Center Park Board (6-year Terms)
Family: I've been married to David DeGroot for 28 years. We have three children; our oldest daughter is married, and a daughter and son are in college.
Occupation: I'm a teacher at Timothy Christian Grade School in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Education: B.A. in education from Calvin College Grand Rapids, Michigan
Civic involvement: I've been a commissioner on the York Center Park District board for 12 years.
Elected offices held: York Center Park District 2001-2013
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To keep the park district fiscally responsible
Key Issue 2
To keep the parks and programs available and appealing to the residents
Key Issue 3
To align the efforts of the employees with goals of the park district
What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?
We try to be as efficient as possible; so when there are not enough people signed up for a program, it's cancelled.
Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.
Not at this time.
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?
There are always new and interesting ideas to pursue; the timing depends on when they are appropriate and affordable.
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?
We are always exploring new ways to be more efficient with our resources.
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.
Candidate did not respond.