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Letter: Support for Regina Rule

I support Regina Rule for election to the school board. Susan and I have lived in Manhasset for 40 years, and I don’t recall ever writing a letter to the Manhasset Press, except in my capacity as chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Finance, but Regina would made such an outstanding member of the school board that I felt compelled to write this letter.

I had the honor and pleasure of serving with Regina on the CACF and now on the Citizens Advisory Committee on Legislative Affairs. She’s awesome! She works hard, is a consensus builder, and everything she says is worth hearing. She seems to know everything that’s going on in Manhasset, and she’s always up to date on matters affecting the schools. I tease her by calling her “Ms. Manhasset” but I think that’s a fair description of her. She focuses discussion, resolves differences, and diffuses controversy.

She’s an advocate for quality education, but at a reasonable cost, and thinks every child should be educated to her or his maximum potential. I believe she would work well with the other members of the school board.

In this difficult economic time, it is easy, perhaps too easy, to resort to inflammatory statements attaching the school board members, administration, teachers, and everyone connected with education. I’ve read missives “demanding” teachers freeze their salaries, without mention of the fact that there is an existing contract with the teacher’s union and the district is in no position to demand anything at this point in time. The public can’t vote directly against tax increases, raises for police and firemen and the like, and voting down a school budget may be the only option. But it isn’t a good one.

We are privileged to have an excellent administration, a hard working board of education, and dedicated teachers.

As Charlie Cardillo put it at the last board meeting…. “Is the school better than it was five years ago?” I think we would all agree that the answer is “Yes!”

I believe Regina will continue that tradition of excellence if elected to the school board and I support her candidacy.

Paul A. Baumgarten