Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Susan Parker, a resident of Syosset for 24 years, is running for a trustee seat on the Syosset Board of Education.
A mother of three and employee of the Syosset Fire District for the past seven years, Parker has been an active PTA member for the past 21 years on a local and county level. Parker received her BS from SUNY Binghampton and her MBA from Boston University. Parker says she has two “gainfully employed” graduates of the school district, and a son currently attending Syosset High School.
Parker was President of the Willits Elementary Council of PTAs, and says she has “sat on numerous committees, attended countless meetings, and become familiar with how the Syosset school board and school system work.”
“Much of it is wonderful – however some of it needs improvement,” Parker said.
According to Parker, she has forged “strong working relationships” with district administrators, teachers, principals and parents, yet at the same time, “developed a reputation for asking hard questions, speaking my mind, and not letting anyone off the hook with elusive answers.”
“I am known for my honesty and integrity - I know the game,” Parker said. “I understand the rules, and I will be able to walk into my first meeting as a board trustee, and hit the ground running.”
With no incumbents running, change is inevitable. Parker and her opponents share a concern with a lack of transparency. “It is unacceptable, and I will work hard to change that,” Parker said.
Reflecting on last year, Parker said the landscape of the Syosset-Woodbury School Board elections changed dramatically. “The results showed an outcry for independent and out of the box thinkers,” she said. “I am the only true independent choice.” Parker’s opponents are running on an independent ticket as well.
“I am not beholden to a voting block, and I am not beholden to any current board member, or any members of the administration,” Parker said. “I am beholden only to the children of the community, my fellow homeowners, and my conscience.”