As a trustee in the Hampton Bays Union Free School District, I am giving my support to current School Board President and incumbent George Leeman. There are three reasons for my support: experience, experience, experience.
Experience Reason #1: George served the community of Hampton Bays as a member of the Board of Education for three consecutive terms, the past five years as president. As a new board member, I know firsthand how much there is to know and learn about the many and varied aspects of being a trustee for a school district. It is daunting. What George knows and can continue to offer this community is priceless and can only be derived through experience.
Experience Reason #2: George stewarded the process of acquiring a new middle school for Hampton Bays from the positive bond vote in 2004, to the ground-breaking in 2006, to the ribbon-cutting in 2008. With the building project almost complete and the new curriculum almost in place, this is no time to exchange experience for inexperience.
Experience Reason #3: George is a team builder. He has guided the process that brought the current team of administrators to the Hampton Bays School District. Working closely with our superintendent of schools, Joanne Loewenthal, George methodically worked to upgrade the team, drawing on his experiences on the Board of Education.
I could go on and on. George worked tirelessly to get tax relief from PILOTs (Payment in Lieu of Taxes), tax relief from an improved state aid formula, tax relief from return on investment, tax relief from the New York State EXCEL (Expanding our Children’s Education & Learning) program, and tax relief from grants. Put it all together and under George’s guidance, we all in Hampton Bays will enjoy a modest 3.3 percent tax increase for next year.
Promises made, promises kept. That is why I am supporting and voting for George Leeman for the Hampton Bays Board of Education.
DOUG OAKLANDHampton BaysMr. Oakland is a member of the Hampton Bays Board of Education.—Ed.