Editor's Note: The following was submitted by Scott Limmer, a write-in candidate in the 2014-15 school board election.
My name is Scott Limmer and I am a "write-in" candidate for the Plainview-Old Bethpage School Board. I am strongly committed to ensuring that the children of our community receive a rich, well-rounded, challenging education in an environment that is nurturing and engaging. As a board member, I will work hard to fight against the current culture of over-testing and inappropriate standards that are depriving our kids of the kind of exciting and inspiring learning environment they deserve.
My wife and I have been proud residents of Old Bethpage since 1998. We have two daughters who attend Mattlin Middle School. I am also an experienced education attorney, specializing in school law and advocating for children with disabilities. Each day, I see firsthand how recent state mandates are negatively impacting our students. Our children are subject to an endless barrage of standardized tests, and are losing a staggering number of valuable classroom hours to test-prep. I want much more for our kids, and will fight tirelessly to make sure they get it.
My role as both parent and education attorney will allow me to bring a new, fresh perspective to the Plainview-Old Bethpage School Board. If elected, I promise to promote bringing positive change and common sense back to our classrooms. I will fight to win back local control of our schools. I will fight for less testing, and more authentic instruction, so our wonderful faculty can continue to nurture our kids and effectively prepare them for college or careers, without misguided state mandates standing in the way. I will fight to prevent unfunded state regulations from draining our school budget and placing an undue burden on our taxpayers.
Help me keep our school district great! Let's work together to give our kids the best opportunities possible, and instill them with a lifelong love of learning.