Dear Croton School District Residents,
My name is Lisa Cohen and I am pleased to announce my candidacy for our Board of Education. As a parent of two children at CET I’ve been able to experience firsthand the high standards to which CET holds its students. As the parent of a developmentally disabled child, I’m sure I’m not alone in utilizing variety of services helping these children realize their potential.
Parents and children in our district will experience some bittersweet moments in the coming months. We mark the departure of our district superintendent, Dr. Marjorie Castro. We face filing two seats on our Board of Education, those of Kathy Brechner and Eugene Perl. The years of service these people have given to our children are large in both quantity and quality. Our three schools are truly bright facets in Croton’s crown.
As a board member of the Croton Harmon Education Foundation I have been privileged to work on the Allocations Committee, bringing initiatives brought forth by school staff and district residents to fruition. I have recently met with Principal Maloney and CET music teacher Rebecca Clina to finalize the details of installing a much needed sound system for the multipurpose room. I have met with Principal Ulm and educators from PVC and CHHS to explore the creation of a garden project, which I hope can be expanded to include the elementary school as well. As a PTA and SEPTA member and parent, I am happy that I’ve been able to increase my involvement from volunteering in the classroom to a weekly volunteer shift at the CET library, and working with the PTA at Book Fair and their spectacular evening events!
The present Board of Education has approached the Village Board over the past year to forge economically beneficial partnerships, especially in the areas of shared custodial and maintenance services. I look forward to this relationship continuing with the incoming administration and discovering more innovative ways to save money while preserving top standards of education.
As the treasurer of an organic food co-op here in Croton, I see the need—especially in these times—to provide our members with the best value we can manage for their families. In a larger context I see the need for our school board to be proactive and vigilant about seeking partnerships and grants in order to secure the best education possible for our children.
I ask for your support in this election. I look forward to being an active part of the changes we are facing. Change fosters questions. Working together we can come up with answers. I will be looking to you for ideas to improve our district and for concerns you may have for the future of our schools. Please contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.