Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
There are two candidates running for one vacant seat on the Glen Cove Board of Education. The special election will take place on Monday, Oct. 21 at Robert M. Finley Middle School. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Academically the district is in a similar situation as all the other Long Island districts. Implementation of the common core and improved test scores are the challenge. Cooperation and communication between teachers across grade levels needs to be improved assuring that students are getting what they need not only to pass tests but to understand the subjects they are taught.
We have an extraordinary teaching staff in this district. Many of our teachers have been placed in a difficult position by a school board which allowed an extended investigation which was poorly executed and reviewed by a law firm which had ties to the previous superintendent who initiated the investigation. This protracted inquiry has cost the district greatly in the morale of its staff and financially. The final cost of this investigation will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. I will do whatever I can to halt the investigation and stop the continued wasting of our money.
I will work with the other board members to assure teachers are equipped with the resources they need to comply with the common core standards and raise test scores.
Unfortunately standardized testing has become a big part of the academic process. The state education department does not have an opt-out clause for parents. I personally support an opt-out option. I will request the board craft a resolution to be submitted to Governor Cuomo, our state legislators, the Commissioner of Education, and the Chancellor of the Board of Regents to stop the over-reliance on standardized tests as a measure of student performance and principal and teacher effectiveness. If enacted would be joining districts across Long Island and the state in this effort.
The district needs to do a better job responding to the needs of all students. Students who are high achieving and self-motivated will succeed. Those who receive mandatory services are cared for. Those in the middle who need additional support must be given the opportunity to succeed through allocating resources to benefit the most students. This is not a call for new programs or costs, it is a call for our administrators to think differently and find ways within their buildings to do the most for the most.
Financial challenges can be tackled by taking advantage of multiyear planning. This includes personnel costs through long term contracts that are settled before they expire. We should be investigating and executing shared service agreements between districts for supplies, transportation, contract services, and academic programs offered in other districts which may benefit our students.
I moved to Glen Cove 23 years ago to raise my four children in a diverse community with a progressive school district. I have been fortunate to serve on the board of the Glen Cove Junior Soccer League for over 20 years, for a time as its treasurer, travel coach, intramural coordinator, and the past 5 years a registrar and scheduler. I served for a year as treasurer of the High School PTSA and had been PTA President for 2 years at Gribbin Elementary school.
The community has always been diverse and vibrant but in my opinion the school district has lost its edge. We’ve been led down a troublesome road by previous superintendents and school board presidents with divisive and destructive agendas. I believe in the progressive spirit that is the core of Glen Cove, a community unafraid of a challenge and never gives up on its children.
I hope you will support me on Oct. 21.
The new Common Core curriculum is a challenge to our district because we have such a diverse group of learners. We need to make sure our curriculum is aligned with Common Core standards and that there is dialogue among staff between grade levels. We also need to make sure that our teachers are sufficiently trained through ongoing staff development and that they have access to appropriate teaching material. It is also necessary to educate our parents as to the changes the Common Core brings to our children’s education. My experience as a PTA leader and a parent has taught me that the home-school connection is vital to a
Another challenge we face, working with a 2 percent tax cap and being fiscally responsible. Transparency during budget time is critical so the public is knowledgeable about how our tax dollars are spent in the most effective way.
Our diversity is the best aspect. Our students gain real life experience that will help them in the real world. There are many opportunities for our children in the district through clubs, music, sports, intramurals, community service, and after school programs.
I have been extremely active since 1997 in our school district holding numerous volunteer positions in the PTA. I have held the position of PTA President and PTA Vice President at each of the following schools: K.A. Deasy School, Robert Finley Middle School and Glen Cove High School. I also was President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Glen Cove High School Booster Club. I have also been the PTA
Chairperson of numerous fundraising events, as well as PARP, Outreach, Bingo Nights, and Book Fair.
On a personal note, my husband and I are homeowners and have lived in Glen Cove for 27 years. We are parents of two sons who are proud graduates of Glen Cove High School. My oldest son Michael graduated from Loyola University in the spring (is happily employed) and Nicholas is a sophomore at Hartford University. With this said, I want to see the district promote the more positive aspects of the learning experiences received here and reassure the public that our schools are fine educational institutions where every child can learn.