SUPPORT FOR JOANNA COMMANDER FOR NORTH SHORE SCHOOL BOARD
Received from Igor Webb, Sea Cliff
May 10, 2014
To the Editor:
For the first time in the last two decades the upcoming election for Trustees of the North Shore School District raises the possibility that there might be no Trustee on the Board who does not have a child in the District. Clearly it’s a wonderful thing to have parents as Trustees. But the Board has also always had at least one member who could look at issues from an additional perspective, and could bring to the Board the concerns of members of the community without children in the schools.
At a time when funding issues in particular are, to put it mildly, a challenge, it seems especially important to have a diversity of interests represented on the Board. Fortunately, one of the candidates in the upcoming election, Joanna Commander, can bring to the Board the point of view of someone with extensive knowledge of education but without children in the schools.
It’s worth stressing that Joanna Commander has spent her professional life in education, both in the schools and as an instructor at Adelphi and Hofstra. Her credentials and experience are very impressive. In her candidacy, it seems we get the best of both worlds. She is someone who is very capable and extremely well informed, who understands education, and cares for kids—and at the same time someone who also knows what those without kids in the schools, and those who are retired, face in today’s tough economic climate.
She will bring a unique mix of experience and outlook to the Board, and I urge you to vote for Joanna Commander on May 20th.
Igor Webb, Sea Cliff
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