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      On June 6, Elmont School Board President Aubrey Phillips was reappointed to a three-year term on the Nassau County Executive Committee of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association. Phillips is a member of the Nassau County delegation’s Legislation Committee. In light of his desire to maintain his concentration with this committee, Phillips announced that he will not be seeking a nomination as an officer on the Elmont School Board in the coming school year.

      “It’s with personal pride that I accept the appointment to continue my active participation in this key organization, which represents the voice of public education on Long Island,” says Phillips. “I also firmly believe that my appointment reflects the respect my colleagues have for the work being done by Elmont’s school board members and school district. Without a doubt, the Elmont community’s commitment to education is stellar.”

      “Elmont is setting the tone in our quadrant of Nassau County,” notes Martin Kaye, a West Hempstead Board of Education member and the Nassau-Suffolk Association’s Nassau County Legislation Committee Chair. Kaye acknowledges Phillips’ ability to “engage the Elmont community” in education, and characterizes his fellow committee member as “energetic and positive, which is important in terms of his influence and attitude.”

      The Nassau-Suffolk Association identifies two major problems for Long Island districts: getting revenue to keep pace with costs and alleviating state mandates. Kaye notes that Phillips recognizes “the need to partner with Albany, as well as with our communities, in order to succeed.” At the Albany State Legislative Network this year, Kaye adds, “Phillips’ strong arguments for education were ensuring and compelling. He helped [the legislators] understand the issues affecting our districts,” so that they can support education and see that it becomes a major source in budgeting in New York State. “A consensus builder, Phillips let them know that we are doing all we can to affect children, their education and futures. He puts children first.”

      “Delivering a meaningful public education that encompasses academics and character building, and prepares young people to face life’s challenges is not an isolated venture,” notes Phillips. “Through collaboration, we can all improve exponentially—and along the way, provide a wonderful example for our children.”

      At the request of his Association colleagues, Phillips submitted an application to present an overview of education in the Elmont Schools at the annual conference of the New York State School Boards Association. This fall, he and Superintendent of Schools Al Harper will make that presentation, which highlights the district’s approach to a full and rich education for all students with the sharing of opportunities to develop each child’s unique skills and talents.

      The Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association is a member organization of the 112 Long Island school districts. The association advocates for public education through the work of its committees, communicates school board concerns and legislative positions to federal, state and local legislators, publishes informational papers on issues from testing and assessments to charter schools and special education, maintains cooperative relationships with other education organizations, and represents Long Island school boards on coalitions spearheading such matters as school funding and school business partnerships. It serves as a professional connection, encouraging cooperation and exchange of information, and providing assistance relating to board service and responsibilities.

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