Readers Write: Heartfelt thanks to Floral Park residents

Readers Write: Heartfelt thanks to Floral Park residents

To the Residents of Floral Park,

As I finish up what has been 11 consecutive years of service for the Floral Park Bellerose School District (Two as PTA treasurer and nine as a member of the Board of Education), serving as trustee, vice president and board president, along with combining the last five years pulling double duty as a trustee on the HS board advocating on behalf of Floral Park Memorial students and parents, I just wanted to say it has been an honor to serve the wonderful residents of this district.

I was fortunate enough to be elected back in 2013 and learn from some amazing board members, such as David Fowler, Laura Ferrone, Denise Dellacorte and Jenell Horan. Board members who learned from folks like Bob Burke and Archie Chang and continued the mission that started back in 1894, when the first group of trustees formed the Board of Education, a board that included John Lewis Childs.

And although the names and faces might have changed over the years, the overall mission never did, and that was to keep pushing the district and our amazing children and staff to achieve more.

Back in 2013, I decided to run for a board seat, because I wanted to give back to a community that I grew up in, to a district that I attended for both elementary and high school (Sewanhaka 1988) and to ensure that this generation of young students got as much out of the school district as I did. Lasting memories, a quality foundation for education and some life-long friendships.

There is a long list of accomplishments that have occurred while I was part of the board, but those are not my accomplishments, those are the accomplishments of the team. That team consists of talented teachers, dedicated administration, residents who believed in our future and a supportive board. The district only thrives when all of those components work together for the betterment of the district and the children.

The Floral Park school district will always be a special place, and I wish nothing but the best to the current board, as they continue to work hard as part of that team to build lasting memories for today’s students.

Thank you.

Douglas Vigo
Floral Park

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