As a 10-year Komarek parent, I feel quite lucky that my two children have had the good fortune to be students at this fantastic school. The caring staff, small community, and neighborhood feel has made their educational experience special from their very first days as 3-year-old preschoolers. 

Our wonderful experiences as members of the Komarek community made me excited to find ways to become involved. I am running for a position on the District 94 school board because I believe in the importance of strong public education systems, and feel that active community participation is vital to maintaining a great school district. 

In my time as a Komarek parent I have actively participated in the school community, first volunteering with the PTA, then serving one year as co-secretary and one year as treasurer on the PTA board. 

For many years I oversaw the room parent program, ensuring that classrooms had reliable parent involvement for special occasions. Three years ago, when I became involved in the early discussions of a major building renovation, I discovered the true extent of my passion for this special place.

As a founder of Citizens for District 94, I spent two years learning all that I could about the needs of our school facility, speaking with community members about their thoughts on a major renovation, and building an active and empowered Komarek community on the Citizens Facebook page. I am so very proud of the dozens of volunteers who worked together to pass the referendum, and look forward to the groundbreaking for the new building this June.

While the referendum effort is behind us, my passion for ensuring the quality of our school community remains. Being fortunate to have built relationships with so many of the wonderful, diverse members of the community I hope to have the opportunity to ensure that these diverse perspectives are heard and supported by the school board. 

Our school is wonderful, but we must always be committed to questioning our performance and identifying areas for improvement. As with the referendum, I am not afraid to ask the hard questions and I am willing to put in the effort to bring about change when it is needed.

I would be thrilled to continue serving our community as a member of the school board. Thank you for your support.

Melissa Obrock is a candidates running for a seat on the Komarek School District 94 Board of Education.