Voters in the Greenwood Lake School District will head to the polls on Wed., Sept. 13 to elect one member to the Board of Education to fill the unexpired term left vacant as a result of the resignation of Lee Stanton. Candidates seeking the vacant seat are Thomas O’Brien, Alyssa Saladino and Ronald Sommer.
The polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Greenwood Lake Elementary School gymnasium, located at 80 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.
Thomas (T.J.) O’Brien
I am running for the open seat on the Greenwood Lake School Board. I have been a resident in our amazing Village for 19 years and attended both Greenwood Lake Elementary School and Middle School.
Since then, I have been blessed with two children and an incredible fiancé who has shaped our lives in countless ways. I am a NYPD officer whose roots define Greenwood Lake, as my family has resided here since 1969. I too, chose to start my family in Greenwood Lake and I am so honored to have the possibility to give back to the schools and community.
Having a child in the Elementary School and a newborn, who will follow behind a lot faster than I would like to believe, my goal is to have a positive impact on our children’s education and the Greenwood Lake School District.
Another goal of mine is to be a community advocate. I plan to echo resident’s suggestions and concerns to ensure everyone in our Village has a voice. I hope that joining the School Board will open the communication between the school and the community, as well encourage community members to become a bigger part of the process. I look forward to the possibility of serving our schools and community.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email at Obrien4schoolboard@gmail.com. Thank you very much and have a safe day.
I have been a Greenwood Lake resident for the past 11 years. I have two boys who attend the Greenwood Lake public schools. One is in the elementary school and the other is in the middle school. That being said, I have an equal vested interest in what goes on in both buildings.
I have two passions in life. One that most can relate to is my family and the other is education. My passion for both has brought me to this point where I am running for the School Board. It also brought me to my career path as a special education teacher in the Orange County area. I feel that my educational background will help the Board in making informed decisions.
My hope for being on the School Board is to create more consistency for both students and staff. There has been so much turn over in the past with administration and curriculum choices. I also feel that the percentage of families that have chosen to opt-out these past few years has been significant, but sadly ignored. It is clear that they wish the teaching in the classrooms be less “teach-to-the test” and more quality, creative and hands-on teaching. I am open to listening to the community and helping the Board make our District stronger and one that all students succeed in.
I have been a district resident since 2002 with my wonderful wife, Cathy and our two great children, an eighth grade daughter and a 12th grade son. When I’m not working for Wakefern Food Corp. (ShopRite) as a project manager, you can usually find me spending time with my family or at Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, or at school functions, where I get to watch as a proud parent. If it’s swim season, you might find me running a swim meet, as a USA Swimming National Certified Referee, Chief Judge, Starter, or a USA Swimming National Championship Certified Stroke and Turn Judge.
I have represented you on the Greenwood Lake Union Free School District Board of Education for the past nine years (2008-2017), where many changes were made, both educationally and to our buildings, while maintaining taxes. In the last nine years, your tax rate has increased a total of only 7.76 percent or an average yearly increase of 0.71 percent.
I have also represented Greenwood Lake UFSD at the county, state and national level, always advocating and looking for new ways to educate our students.
I’m asking for your support on Wed., Sept. 13.