LARA GONZALEZ FOR NORTH SHORE SCHOOLS TRUSTEE
I am writing to introduce my candidacy for Trustee for the North Shore Schools Board of Education. My name is Lara Gonzalez and I am a twelve year resident of Sea Cliff. My husband, John, and I have three children – a tenth grader, a fifth grader and a kindergartener. Next year we will have a child at the elementary, middle and high school. I have been a parent in this district for eleven years and intend to be here for at least the next twelve until our kindergartener graduates from North Shore High School in 2026.
My husband and I chose the North Shore community because of the quality of life it offers and the reputation of the North Shore School District. Our children have thrived in their respective schools and have taken full advantage of the academic, artistic, athletic, and extracurricular offerings available to them. With your support, I will work on behalf of our community to preserve the high quality schools we have come to expect from our district.
Last year’s School Board election revealed deep philosophical differences within our community about how to continue to offer the best possible education for our young people in the face of serious fiscal challenges posed by the decommissioning of the Glenwood Landing LIPA plant and the potential shift of the tax burden from the utility to the taxpayer. While the state legislature has provided some relief, there are still many unanswered questions. We are at a critical juncture.
With nearly two decades as an accomplished school leader and teacher, I have a lot to offer as Trustee. As a school administrator, I have a track record of effectively working with all stakeholders - students, parents, staff, administration, and community members. I look forward to leveraging my expertise to benefit the North Shore community and to work with all constituent groups to provide a world class education for our children and grandchildren at a price that we can afford. Maintaining excellent schools and exercising fiscal discipline are not mutually exclusive.