The Port Washington Sentinel's inaccurate reporting of the June 5 board of education meeting resulted in a letter to the editor by Joel Katz being published in the June 21, 2007 issue of the Port Washington News. His letter implied that I was part of an elitist board pursuing an undemocratic path to fill a board vacancy.

The Sentinel failed to report that at the June 5 board meeting I was the only board member to express the "sentiment" opposing the appointment of a board member. It is more democratic to hold a special election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Patrick Foye, and I prefer to let the community choose its board member to serve two years instead of a one-year board appointment. (A formal board vote was not taken since it was decided not to be necessary by the board president.)

The Sentinel also quoted my statement, "The wrong person on the board could cost a lot" out of context. It was made in the context that an election cost was better use of taxpayer money than possibly appointing (by the board) the wrong person to serve our community.

In order to set the record straight, I have discussed this matter directly with Mr. Katz, who was not at the board meeting and relied only on the Sentinel's reporting to state his views.

Jean-Marie Posner

Board of Education Trustee

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