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Meet The Candidates

(Ed. note: The following are candidate profiles for the May 21 Board of Education elections. School district residents will also be voting on school and library budgets. For more on the election, see page 4.) 

David Dubner

David Dubner is seeking election as a trustee to the Roslyn Board of Education.  He issued the following statement on his candidacy:

 

“I am running for School Board Trustee to make a positive contribution to our school district. I am a parent, homeowner and taxpayer, and my objective is for the Roslyn Schools to continue to prosper and innovate public education. If elected, I will keep an open mind and seek to build consensus around the continued fiscally prudent management of our district.

 

“My family moved from New York City to Roslyn in 2007 for its strong schools and community.  We wanted a top education for our children—one that would best prepare them for their future. After six years in Roslyn, I believe that we made the right decision for our children. Our district is strong, our students are succeeding and our community is supportive. I want to continue this legacy. As a trustee, I will listen to suggestions from our community and advocate policies that elevate our children and our schools. Active dialogue with students, teachers, parents, administration, labor unions and our broader community is critical to our success.

 

“I grew up attending public schools in Queens and Long Island.  In my professional life, I have worked as a public accountant at Deloitte & Touche, a tax lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and currently an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. My wife, Cheri, and I have three wonderful children—two daughters in elementary school and a son who is not too far behind. I have served on the Roslyn School’s Citizens Audit Advisory Committee for the past two years and have regularly attended school board meetings during that time.  

 

“My professional experience has taught me several lessons that I will bring to the role of trustee. First, it has taught the importance of acting with integrity. A reputation is very hard to build and very easy to lose. Second, where there is a will, there is a way. With commitment and creativity there is nothing we cannot achieve. And lastly, that success requires teamwork. The saying ‘it takes a village’ feels appropriate to describe any successful school district.  

 

“I believe that responsible budgets will continue to be the bedrock of our future success. We need to preserve successful programs while also supporting new initiatives to enrich our children across K-12. We must challenge our administration and teachers to identify opportunities and then find cost-effective ways to execute them.  We must also continue to invest in our infrastructure and technology to remain competitive. And, importantly, we must do this against the backdrop of a two percent tax cap and growing unfunded state mandates. I believe that our school district can achieve these objectives and I hope to add my voice in a constructive and forward-leaning manner. I welcome the opportunity to help Roslyn schools continue its culture of excellence and innovation.

 

“I hope that you will join me on Tuesday, May 21, to approve our 2013-2014 budget and ballot initiatives, and I ask for your support and vote for trustee,” the statement concluded. “Thank you for your consideration.”

 

The board of education election will be held on Tuesday, May 21, with voting from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Roslyn High School.

Steven B. Litvack, Esq.

 

Steven Litvack is seeking re-election as a trustee for the Roslyn Board of Education. Litvack was elected to the board in October 2013, fulfilling the remaining term of Stanley Stern.  

 

He issued the following statement on his candidacy:

 

“I am pleased to have been able to represent the Roslyn community on the Board of Education over the past school year, and appreciate the trust and confidence of the community. I am committed to continuing the board’s efforts to offer the highest quality of the education within our school district, while promoting sound fiscal policies. 

 

“The biggest challenge facing Roslyn residents is balancing short-and long-term educational goals against rising costs. I will continue to assess and question our fiscal, educational and operation policies to promote our community goals of a quality education, support of extra-curricular activities and commitment to our administration, faculty and staff.

 

“Over the past six months, I am proud to have participated in promoting (i) our school district’s fiscal stability through approval of a proposed budget limiting our tax levy increase to 2.11 percent for the 2013/2014 school year, (ii) our educational outcomes through support of changes in our curriculum at the elementary, middle and high schools that ensure that needs of all students are met and continues to challenge our children with innovative initiatives that spark an educational drive (i.e., iPads, China exchange program, elective opportunities for all students, etc.), (iii) our community’s commitment to extra-curriculum activities, including sports and clubs, and (iv) our collaborative efforts with our community to renovate our campuses and provide an environment that is attractive, comfortable, student-friendly and encourages learning. I truly believe that we are one of the best school districts, and I am delighted that my three sons have the opportunity to learn, grow and be educated in the Roslyn schools.

 

“I will continue to devote my efforts to ensure that in these tight economic times we do not suffice our educational excellence and obligation to children for short-term results,” he concluded. “For me, it is not about today, but about tomorrow, and ensuring the reputation of our district. I am honored to be a member of the current board and privileged to work with our school’s administrative, instructional and support staff team. Helping to shape the future of our school system and ensure success will be my measurement of success.”

 

Litvack was born and raised in Long Island. He attended and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently the President of The Center for Allied Health & Nursing Education, a college devoted to educating multicultural adult students with campuses located in New Jersey and Florida. Prior to joining the college, Litvack was the president of a strategic consulting company, Strategy Specialists, Inc., a corporation specializing in optimization strategies and operations management for Fortune 100 companies.  Litvack also brings legal expertise to all engagements as a former Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom where he focused on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions matters.

 

The board of education election will be held on Tuesday, May 21, with voting from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Roslyn High School.

Bruce G. Valauri

Bruce Valauri is seeking re-election as a trustee for the Roslyn Board of Education. He issued the following statement on his candidacy:

 

“I am seeking reelection for a position as a trustee on the Roslyn Board of Education. I believe in community service, the highest academic standards and prudent fiscal responsibility. It has been a privilege to serve as a trustee of the Roslyn School District over these past three years. I would like the opportunity to continue the valuable and rewarding undertaking. 

 

“I am a dentist and have successfully maintained a practice in Manhattan for over 28 years. I am involved in graduate dental education and have served on several boards of national and local professional groups, often holding leadership positions. I have experience working as a team member and leader to deliberate and make appropriate recommendations and decisions. 

 

“My experience in advanced education spans over 23 years. I hold the position of Graduate Program Director of the Prosthodontic Residency Program at the N.Y. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. There are fewer than 50 such accredited programs nationwide. We have the benefit to care for our Veteran Service men and women. It is an honor to have the opportunity to give back to those who have given of themselves. 

 

“I believe education is the key to providing opportunities in ones’ life. My wife, Geri, and I chose to move to the Roslyn nine years ago with the birth of our twin daughters and their future development. Yes, Roslyn was our first choice to raise our girls. What a spectacular community to reside. Over the past few years, I have also enjoyed coaching my daughters’ softball and basketball teams. This is a vital, exciting and rewarding time for me as a parent. 

 

“As a trustee, my focus has been to assist in creating budgets that reflect the concerns of the taxpayers and support the needs of our students. I will work to continue the recent efforts to augment our facilities and to maintain our student body’s achievements in academics, athletics and the arts. I have served on committees of the Board of Education and have worked closely with community members in efforts to evaluate the way we can make improvements and upgrades to our facilities. 

 

“Currently, we are fiscally sound relative to many of our neighboring districts. We must remain diligent to preserve the quality of education that is provided for the children of our community. We are challenged to preserve these standards that we have set by the imposed two percent tax cap, state unfunded mandates, pension and health care insurance costs that confound our budget process. I am sensitive to balancing enhancing the needs of our children with the significant potential financial implications to those members of our community who may not perceive a direct benefit from taking this pathway. This is truly the greatest dilemma we all face in the years ahead.

 

“I assure you that I will continue to deliberate responsibility, critically evaluate all options and move issues forward that have a positive impact for our community as a whole. 

 

“I have always welcomed and encouraged input from my fellow citizens regarding any matters or concerns germane to the Roslyn School District. I pledge to continue to perform responsibly, ethically and with the utmost respect that this position requires and demands,” the statement concluded. “Thank you for your consideration. Please provide me with the privilege and challenge of continuing my service to our community as a trustee of our Roslyn School Board. I appreciate your confidence in my commitment.”