JTHS Board VP Skorupa seeks second term to continue making a positive impact in community
Joliet Township High School (JTHS) Board Vice President David Skorupa hopes to continue having a positive impact throughout the school district by serving a second term.
“My hope is to be re-elected and take part in continuing to serve in a leadership role for the Board,” Skorupa told Will County Gazette. “My immediate goals are to make sure that the students of the district receive the best education possible in a safe and secure environment while at the same time making sure that the district is being financially prudent with the spending of taxpayers' dollars.”
Skorupa was elected to the JTHS Board in April 2015 and assumed the role of board VP two years later.
“I was honored and humbled to be elected to the JTHS Board and it’s been a privilege to serve the school district and know that you are working to make a positive impact for the students, teachers and staff that will last for years to come,” he said.
Skorupa’s favorite part of being on the board is participating in graduation day.
“The bleachers are completely filled with family and friends and everyone in the audience wants to be there as witness to take part in the graduation ceremony,” he said. “The energy and joy of the audience is fantastic and the best part for me is saying to each graduate while shaking their hand with a smile, ‘Job well done, congratulations on receiving your diploma.’ This is final closure for the students and parents and what it’s all about.”
Born and raised in Joliet, Skorupa chose to serve on the board after living a somewhat private life and working in the wireless telecommunications industry for 30 years.
“I decided it was time to give back civically to the community in which I grew up and was raised,” he said. “There are many ways one can give back his or her time to their community, which usually involves time, treasure or talent. Running for public office takes a fair amount of time and financial resources with no guarantee of wining. Once you are elected you actually have to be engaged with time and talent and work with the other board members and administration to achieve the desired results. It’s definitely a commitment of time and there is no compensation, so you really have to be all-in to serve on the school board.”
In addition to being on the JTHS Board, Skorupa is actively involved with St. Paul’s the Apostle Catholic Church in Joliet. He gives sixth- and seventh-grade students a basis for understanding their Christian faith by volunteering as a certified religious educational instructor. He has also transported food to the St. John Food Pantry in Joliet to help community members in need.
Skorupa is a Joliet West High School graduate and earned an associate in applied science degree in electronics engineering technology from Joliet Junior College. In his spare time, Skorupa enjoys golf, bike riding, boating, traveling, doing yard work and attending concerts.