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My Thoughts After April 13th's School Board Meeting

April 15, 2009

To the editor:

At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, I heard many of you express your concerns about the restructuring of the PVC reading program. You believe that our children will not receive the reading support that they need to succeed academically.

While the administration assured you that the reading program was not being cut, just restructured, I heard your fears. You don’t want to risk the possibility of our children falling behind.

I believe that many of your concerns can be alleviated by keeping the lines of communication open. Waiting for the administration to formally evaluate the program, as a whole, would not ease your concerns about our children, but periodic updates would. And, this could be done simply through brief bi-weekly e-mails from the reading staff.

As your Board member, I want the administration to be held accountable for our children’s reading progress. I promise to work hard to make sure this happens. I want the best for our children. I hope that I can count on your support.

Thank you.

Lisa Wolland

On April 16, 2009 5:47 AM, Lisa Wolland said:

To the Residents of the Croton-Harmon School District,

For those of you who may have missed my letters in the last 2 issues of the Gazette, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you.  My name is Lisa Wolland and I am excited to be running for the Croton-Harmon School Board on May 19th.  Four years ago, my husband, Glen, and I moved here to raise our 3 young children.  We chose Croton because of the community, its residents, and its schools.  Because our children will be attending our schools for the next 13 years, I have a vested interest in this district.

I was raised in an educationally rigorous home where neither school nor college was optional.  As such, I came to understand that a strong education is of the utmost importance.  As parents and community members, we are obligated to educate all our children, so they can become independent, well-rounded adults, who are prepared for the 21st century.  We need to give them the tools to master math, science, foreign languages, and the humanities, as well as reading and comprehension.  Our children need to learn about the world around them, and how they fit in.  Finally, our children should not be limited in what they are able to study, and they should be challenged individually.

I promise to work hard on your behalf.  I want the best for your children.  I hope that I can count on your support.

                            Sincerely,
                            Lisa Wolland
                            Croton-on-Hudson



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