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Letter: Vote Verbic for trusted leadership in DeKalb

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

I have known Mike Verbic for over 10 years. We first met at our kids’ grade school while assisting with school and PTO functions. Mike was always there to help in any way he could, to give his time and effort, and to do whatever needed doing. His drive and compassion, as evidenced by his endless desire to do more and to make a difference, impressed me then. His exemplary track record and accomplishments impress me still, and makes me proud to say he is my friend.

Mike Verbic started at the PTO level and felt so compelled and driven to improve the educational environment for our children that he went on to the District 428 school board, and even served as the president. 

He saw us through the education referendum and followed through with the building of the new DeKalb High School and Cortland Elementary. Although some people choose to complain about the high school, no one is ever able to make everyone happy. The fact is, the majority of the voters approved the expenditure of the referendum, and Mike Verbic followed through with exactly what the voters approved; the project was done on time and on budget, an impressive accomplishment.

During his tenure on the school board, Mike has been instrumental in budgetary review and accountability while maximizing the benefits to the education of our children. He was actively involved with expanding the partnership between Northern Illinois University and our schools, which brought in more student teachers and provided extra hands-on accessibility for our kids. His experience is first-hand and irrefutable.

Mike Verbic has a long and proven history of responsible, educated and compassionate decision-making. He has a passion for his community and the drive to make a difference. He has proven time and again that he can be counted on to make a well-researched and educated plan and to follow through with diligence and integrity.

I urge you to stand up for your community. Invest in your city. Vote for Mike Verbic as the next Mayor of DeKalb on Tuesday.

Gina Ostenburg

DeKalb

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