Three years ago, the community entrusted me to serve as its mirror, reflecting its hopes and dreams for our district. I hope that I have been an authentic leader, protecting and developing the most important resource in our community: our children.
Our shared governance team is synergistically building a true miracle. In order to pursue academic, artisan, and athletic excellence, we must continue to engage in persistent, positive and transformational leadership, holding the administrative staff and faculty accountable not only for the teaching, but for the learning that takes place within our campuses.
Nurturing the talents and strengths of our teachers and ensuring quality improvement is paramount. Developing intelligent policy and strategic actions will maximize our outcomes. I am a strong advocate for every eighth grader taking algebra and earth science. This model will allow all students to be “accelerated” in math and science and give each child the opportunity to take and succeed in more advanced placement courses or pursue other interests.
We also need thoughtful allocation of resources and prudent management to have our middle school philosophy and plant facility take shape, while remaining cognizant of the tax burden that must be eased. To this end, we must remain unrelentingly committed to lobbying for state aid reform that is adequate, equitable, flexible, predictable and clear. We must utilize accurate regional cost and wealth factors in determining distribution and allocation. We must provide relief from the burden caused by uncontrolled increases in pension and health insurance rates, energy costs and unfunded mandates.
I also believe that parental partnership is crucial, and I hope that the communication strides we have made through initiatives such as Connect-Ed and Parent-Portal have been meaningful and worth the investment.
There is work to be done, and with competence and character coupled with integrity and compassion, I am ready to do more. My role as chair of the Health and Safety Committee and member of our local Wellness Committee are ones that I embrace with unconditional devotion. Some of our recent initiatives include the soon-to-be installed traffic light at the high school entrance, speed signs/zones at our elementary buildings, green cleaners, installment of hand-sanitizers, compost investigation, educative programs on drugs and alcohol, food service modifications, family exercise/nutritional suggestions, CPR/AED training and consultation, and Heartscreen America.
I continue to be a liaison for parent groups and serve as the corresponding secretary for the athletic booster club, treasurer for the PTSO Connection, officer of the football booster club and member of both the boys and girls lacrosse boosters.
Showcasing the achievement of our students at every opportunity is perhaps our greatest joy as board members. I attend as many events as possible to celebrate their collaborative group and personal victories, as well as support them when they battle their fears, frustrations and disappointments. I have been profoundly moved and filled with awe by students who emerge from such experiences stronger in body, mind, and spirit. It is a tribute to all parents that their children possess the values and traditions that weave the tapestry of their lives.
I have been a resident of Manorville for 17 years and witnessed the growth of our beautiful and magical town. It has been an extraordinary journey that I wholeheartedly wish to continue. It is said, “What we do for ourselves alone dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains.” I hope you will give me the opportunity to continue to make a difference in our little corner of the world. Thank you for the privilege of serving you.