It is with pleasure that I write in support of Jonai Singh for Herricks Board of Education trustee. I have had the privilege of working with Jonai on PTA Council this past year.
At first witness Jonai expressed vividly her passion for the children of our school district and the importance of a great education, her love of public service and her commitment to the tasks at hand.
We proudly want to offer our support to our friend and neighbor Jim Gounaris for Herricks School Board. His ability to be an avid supporter of our Educational Programs while understanding the complexity of the needs of the rest of the community is just part of the reason we support him.
I am writing to you about the upcoming Herricks Board of Education elections on May 17. I would like you to know what a fine addition Jonai Singh would make for the Board and for the community.
Jonai and I have a history of working together since our children were in first grade at Searingtown School in 2002. We developed and implemented Searingtown School’s first Spring Fling where the students and their families came together for an evening of fun and fellowship. It also was the beginning of Jonai’s major fundraising efforts for the school.
James Gounaris has been a trusted friend for the past six years since I moved into our Manhasset Hills community.
We collaborated very closely in the running of the Boy Scout Cub Pack that meets at our local elementary school (Denton Avenue Elementary). Jim served as the charter representative for the Pack for the initial years when the Pack was first created and was very instrumental in getting it started. He was also an active Den Leader who provided the positive and wholesome leadership throughout the years that his kids were members of the Pack.
It is with great pleasure that I sit down to write this letter on behalf of Jonai Singh a long-term resident and a much respected, generous, productive and extremely articulate member of the Herricks Community. Every community dreams of having responsible, civic minded citizens occupying positions of leadership and authority. Jonai Singh is running for the position of Herricks School Board Trustee. As a former Herricks School Board Trustee (2005-2008) I heartily endorse Jonai Singh without any reservations for the position of Herricks School Board Trustee.
This is a sad story about a home in the Town of North Hempstead which has been the victim of neglect for too long. What is so sad is North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman’s lack of vision for the future of our town. I am speaking of the Cornell/Van Nostrand/Schumacher house on the grounds of Clinton G. Martin Park.
This house represents our humble beginnings in America. Pioneers built this house to settle in a new land. The Cornell family who built this home recognized an opportunity to start a new life. They were courageous to travel to a new land to build a new and better life, like so many in the town today. The town’s Business and Tourism Development Corp. has stated the farmhouse could become a valued focus for efforts to promote both tourism and business. As well, this home could become a great educational resource for children of all ages and certainly a reminder of the good “old days.”
On Friday, February 4, 2011, New Hyde Park Fire Department Volunteer Firefighter Max Devane of Estates Engine Company No. 3 was seriously injured while battling a basement fire on 6th Avenue in New Hyde Park. Max required five weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation to recover from his injuries and continues his recovery at home. Max was forced to withdraw from his college classes and has missed an entire semester of school due to his hospitalization and ongoing recovery. Max may not be able to resume his summer job due to his ongoing recuperation.
How great it is for the Herricks School District to have our friend Jim Gounaris decide to run for the Herricks School Board. We have known Jim for 25 years. In all that time he has proven to be one of the most unselfish and caring individuals we have ever met.
We have enormous respect for the job Herricks teachers do on behalf of the children of this community. We also respect the fact that the teachers have an existing contract which they are under no obligation to re-open. We had, however, hoped that they would be willing to do so given the serious economic challenges facing the community and the school district.
The Herricks Teachers’ Association and representatives for the Board of Education met on March 15 and March 17. We are pleased to have reached agreements for three of the five HTA contracts. Unfortunately, we were not able to agree on terms for the Teacher and Teaching Assistant contracts.
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