Meet The Roslyn Board of Education Candidates

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Haber_05615AAdam Haber statement:

“I’m running for re-election for my third term as trustee on the board because I love where I live; I believe in community involvement; and I believe my experience and perspective will continue to be valuable to the board.

“I will continue to help the board in three ways. First, as a parent with two children who have attended Roslyn Schools all their lives, I know first-hand that the quality and strength of our schools are exceptionally important. In my tenure on the board, I’ve been a strong advocate for educational excellence: I recommended the Alumni Internship program to administration and I’ve been a strong supporter of our China exchange program, athletics, extracurricular and special needs programs.

“Second, I am actively involved in our community. I’ve coached in Roslyn Little League, Booster Basketball, and Albertson Soccer and I’ve loved every minute of it. I was also part of the Oversight Committee for the East Hills Park, helping to create the beautiful, cost-effective park that has enhanced the quality of life and real estate values in the village. I also volunteered my time on the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC). During Hurricane Sandy, I helped mobilize response efforts, and was a staunch supporter of opening Roslyn High School as a warming center for residents without power. I’m on the board of directors of All Hands Volunteers, and have direct experience with disaster response. Should another crisis occur, you can count on me to be out front and responsive.

“The position of trustee is a fiduciary responsibility, and this is where my professional skillset is useful. I understand the complexities of managing a $103 million budget. I have more than 20 years of experience on Wall Street along with financial expertise in a variety of businesses. After graduating cum laude from SUNY Albany in 1987, I went straight to Wall Street. Soon, I was trading commodities for my own account, training and managing other traders and launching the careers of scores of other professionals. I am a former member of the NYMEX and ICE commodities exchanges. I’m active in commercial real estate and I’m an equity partner in ScanlanKemperBard Securities. My newest ventures are as a restaurateur, as the owner of Aldea and Lupulo, two restaurants in Manhattan. Because of my involvement with so many different aspects of business, I know what it takes to maintain, operate and improve physical grounds, and to negotiate employee and service contracts. I excel at managing expenses and maximizing opportunities. This is evidenced by my working with the board and administration to achieve among the lowest tax levies of any school district in Nassau County over the last six years.

“The biggest challenges facing our school district are two-fold. One is making sure we remain among the most fiscally sound schools on Long Island. Roslyn is about to embark on a $40 million upgrade of our facilities and I believe my financial background can help ensure construction proceeds smoothly. Second, we need to make sure our teachers have every tool available to continue to teach our children and prepare them for a competitive world. The board needs to make sure we continue to inspire creative thinking and problem solving and not get caught up in the world of standardized testing.

“As a trustee I will work diligently to continue our tradition of excellence, making sure our children get the high quality education they deserve, and our tax dollars are wisely spent,” the statement concluded.

The school board election will take place Tuesday, May 19, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Roslyn High School. Call the district clerk at 516-801-5002 for absentee ballots or additional voter information.

 

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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.

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