Three uncontested in District 24
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He said his focus would be on providing the best possible resources for students, and keeping academic programs in tact. Hernandez pointed to South High School’s recent inclusion on a list by the Washington Post as one of the most challenging high schools in America. A big reason for that, he believes, is because of the strong education children get in District 24.
The implementation of the new Common Core standards, Hernandez said, is a polarizing topic but he has no objection to raising expectations. His concern was how the changes were put into place.
He said he would like the district to do more to inform parents about Common Core. “I think we can help the parents understand what that change has been,” he said.
The ultimate goal of public education, Hernandez said, is to prepare students for college. Even in elementary school, he said the mindset of children should be that their education doesn’t end after high school.
Hernandez said he is pleased with the state of District 24’s finances. He said budgets should put together with children in mind, not just based on numbers.
As a board member, Hernandez said he believes his interpersonal skills can be an asset. He stressed the importance of the board working cohesively and overcoming their differences to get things done.
Safety is also a priority for Hernandez, whose youngest son attends the William L. Buck School. He said he wants to ensure that the district has good systems in place to communicate with parents in case of an emergency. “This is the kind of stuff that I think about as a parent,” he said.
Lives in: Lynbrook
School board experience: None; first time running
Family: Wife, Saundra, sons Joseph, 17, Nicholas, 13, Michael, 8
Career: Owners, Gym 4 Kidz
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Hofstra University
Other: Vice President of travel baseball for the Valley Stream Baseball League
After serving three years on the District 24 Board of Education, Lisa Pellicane says her work has only begun. With three candidates for three seats, she is a shoo-in for a second term, one that she hopes will also garner her a spot on the Central High School District board.