To the Editor:
We enthusiastically support Rebecca Cox and Martha Land for election to the Princeton Regional Schools Board of Education. They have real experience working for our kids, in our public schools, in our town. They understand the current, complex challenges facing public schools, the needs of our students and the high standards and aspirations of our community.
Rebecca Cox has served on the school board for six years. As the board’s president during the last two years, Rebecca has steered the board through significant positive changes, achieved several taxpayer-friendly contracts with unions, and passed extremely conservative budgets several years in a row. She is a creative problem-solver with fastidious attention to detail and the highest standards for improvement and achievement for our staff and students. Her accomplishments and valuable contributions as a Board member are truly too numerous to list. As well as a dedicated public servant, Rebecca is a public school parent and graduate of Princeton High. She has deep roots in this community, and her commitment to our schools and students is unquestionable.
Martha Land is also a public school parent, with two children at Princeton High and one at Community Park. Since moving to Princeton almost a decade ago, Martha has dedicated much of her life to improving access to educational opportunities for all our children. Drawing on her expertise as a professional nonprofit fundraiser, Martha has been an energetic fundraiser and athletic booster in all her kids’ schools, and for five years has served with distinction on the board of Fund 101, which annually raises scholarship funds for Princeton High School graduates. Her strong command of governance and financial stewardship and her experience working for our students in our schools will allow Martha a smooth transition to school board duties. As a veteran fundraiser, nonprofit board member and advocate for all our kids, Martha approaches her work with vigor, thoughtful pragmatism, great personal warmth and humor.
Our children deserve school board members who will always put their educational best interests foremost. Our community deserves school board members who have relevant, up-to-date knowledge of and commitment to the public schools in our town. Rebecca Cox and Martha Land are the clear choices.
Mia Cahill, Molly Chrein, Tim Quinn and Andrea Spalla
Ms. Cahill, Ms. Chrein, Mr. Quinn and Ms. Spalla currently serve on the school board. The four say the letter represents their view as private citizens, not as school board members.