Three members of the Port Washington Board of Education, including vice president Nora Johnson and members Larry Greenstein and Elizabeth Weisburd, will be running unopposed for reelection on May 15.
Johnson, who has been vice president for the past four years, will be serving her third three-year term as a board member, but explained that both the president and vice president of the board are elected by the seven board members for a one-year term at the annual reorganization meeting in July.
“I made the decision to run again because I enjoy the privilege of serving the people of Port Washington in this capacity and feel that I have and will continue to make important contributions,” said Johnson. “Our school district is the heart of our diverse community and I want to continue to do my part to help provide our children with the best possible educational opportunities. We are living in financially difficult times for the district and for many community members, which presents a challenge, but does not deter me or my fellow trustees from striving for excellence.”
Johnson’s experience on the board includes being policy committee chair for six years and co-chair of the diversity committee for the last four years.
“I plan to continue my focus on board policies that facilitate the 21st century educational and social needs of our students, and the diversity committee’s mission of fostering and supporting an environment where diversity is appreciated and celebrated and everyone feels welcome,” said Johnson. “In addition, as a board member I’m going to continue to be very involved in the budget process and all other aspects of the work that we do.”
Greenstein is just finishing up his 13th year on the board and decided to run again because he feels that his “experience and perspective add value to the board and to the students.”
“In my next term I would like to continue seeing the board, the district and the community continue to educate our elected officials about the great things that we are with our staff and students and the challenges that over-burdensome regulation and unfair state funding formulae cause us to have,” said Greenstein. “I would also like to see us continue to empower our students to become even more active in the community on state and federal issues that affect them.”
Weisburd was elected three years ago in a five-way race for the same seats along with Johnson and Greenstein.
“I decided to run again for many different reasons,” said Weisburd. “First and foremost, serving on the board is a constant learning process. I believe the experience I’ve gained in the last three years will only make me more effective as a trustee. Second, Dr. Mooney has laid out a very ambitious five-year plan to continue to improve the education of the students in Port Washington. I believe that my work as the chair of our budget and facilities committee has helped us realize the beginnings of her plan. It is important that we stay on track and I am committed to seeing this through to the best of my abilities.”
Weisburd explained that she also hopes to continue her advocacy at the state level for the district and for the students of New York. She has traveled to Albany to serve on round-table discussions with the commissioner of education in an attempt to expand the vocational and technical education programs.
“I also served on the 180 school year commission that resulted in a change in regulations that will give local districts more flexibility in creating a school calendar,” said Weisburd. “I’m very grateful to the community for giving me an opportunity to serve and I look forward to continuing.”
Registered community members can vote for the Board of Education candidates along with the budget from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Weber Middle School all-purpose room. To register or check if you are registered, visit www.portnet.org, roll over Board of Ed. and click Budget.
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