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Palisades School District School Director Region 1 (4 YR Term)

A school board is a legislative body of citizens called school directors, who are elected locally by their fellow citizens and who serve as the governing body of each public school district. Each board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office. Unlike most other elected officials, school directors receive no compensation for their work. Principal duties include appointing and/or dismissing superintendents, principals and teachers; levying school taxes; purchasing land; locating new buildings; adopting textbooks and courses of study; fixing salaries of teachers and other appointees of the Board.

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  • Eric Gretzinger
    (Rep)

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    Silvia LeBlanc
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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Experience As a mom of 3 Palisades students, I am a volunteer in our school, community and district. I am actively involved in issues before the Board.
Education JD, Georgetown University Law Center; BA, Princeton University
My family and I cherish our Palisades community. Our rural setting, small class sizes, and small-town-feel set us apart from our neighboring districts. I want to preserve the character and reputation of our district, and have it continue to grow for generations to come. Protecting our children’s education will always be my first priority. My main goals also include: (1) Better Communication. Parents and community members should have better access to School Board meetings, and have more opportunities to guide the District’s policy-making; (2) Better Balance. I will seek balance in my representation of our community, and the allocation of our resources between our school — and between the many, varied activities — athletics, music, art, libraries — available to our children; (3) Better Focus. For years, our Board has been locked into cyclic discussions about school closure. While enrollment trends are important, we need to focus, instead, on preparing our students for the future.
For years, my husband, Erik, and I have volunteered in our schools and coached our share of Pirates and Pirettes, and led community organizations, like Girl Scouts. Through those engagements, we have seen the very best of our children and community and heard so many good ideas. I have the energy and enthusiasm to bring those ideas to life. I have a fresh perspective to develop common-sense solutions for many of the problems that we face. I have the resolve to get to the bottom of important decisions and ensure that we see problems and solutions from every angle -- parent, taxpayer, teacher, student.