As you may have heard, there were some surprises as the final field of School Board candidates became set. Most notably, all three incumbents have decided to step away from board service. Ron Register has served for sixteen years, Kal Zucker and Eric Silverman have each served twelve. I have voted for all three of them without a moment of regret, and remain sincerely grateful for all of their hard work on behalf our children.
The departures of Kal, Eric, and Ron will remove forty years of combined experience from our Board of Education. This will create a significant loss in our board’s “institutional memory” as well as current operational awareness. Over the past few months, I have become acquainted with all four of the other candidates, and I have no hesitation in sharing my confidence in every person who is joining me on November 7th’s ballot. We are all parents with children currently in our schools. We are all deeply committed to ensuring that every student receives an education which helps them achieve to the farthest edges of their potential. Finally, we all intend to lead our district guided by the principles of equity, transparency, and innovation. The loss of Eric, Ron, and Kal is sure to be felt, but there are great days ahead for our Heights Schools!
I originally offered myself as a candidate for our Board of Education because I felt that there was an important voice missing: the voice of a teacher. Now, with three new members joining our board in January, I am convinced that my experiences as an educator could not come at a better time. As someone who has actively followed local, state and federal education policy, I understand the political world within which our district operates. As a seasoned mid career educator, I am aware of the issues impacting teaching and learning inside our classrooms. As a teacher who is active in his profession beyond the walls of the classroom, I have extensive experience on committees related to contract negotiations, strategic planning, school levies, professional development, teacher evaluation, standardized testing, and addressing the impact of charter and voucher schools. These experiences have provided me valuable training, and have helped prepare me to serve on our Board of Education.
As the parent of a member of the Heights High class of 2021, I say a heartfelt “Thank You!” To Ron, Kal, and Eric. You all have a great deal to be proud of! To Jodi, Adam, Malia and Tiera, I look forward with great optimism. I have no doubt that, with the help of our incredible staff, the class of 2018, 2028, 2038… will be in good hands!
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