Letter to the Editor: Burak for Lynbrook Schools Chief

District resident expresses her support for making Dr. Melissa Burak Lynbrook's new superintendent.

The following letter was sent to the Lynbrook Board of Education on Oct. 10.

I am sending belated condolences to all of the members of the Board of Education on the loss of our wonderful Superintendent, Dr. Santo Barbarino.  He was a tremendously kind and talented man who will be greatly missed.

I'm sorry that I am unable to attend tonight's BOE meeting, where I had intended to publicly express my support for Dr. Melissa Burak as our new Superintendent.  Many of us are aware that the search committee is in full swing, and that the Board may feel that it must see the process through to its conclusion; but as far as I am concerned, there is no "miracle candidate" of an administrator out there who can do a better job than our own Dr. Burak.

A lengthy letter was what I had planned, but on rethinking it, I am sure that my thoughts are not new.  The accolades for Dr. Burak, and the high esteem in which she is held, has been expressed by many people, and in many ways.  My experiences in dealing with Dr. Burak have been consistently good; I have found her to be interested, thoughtful and exceptionally competent. Even when there was not full agreement on an issue, she has behaved with grace and equanimity.

I hope the members of the Board of Education will give Dr. Burak the full consideration she deserves.  Perhaps Dorothy was right when she returned from Oz and expressed that sometimes, there's no need to look further than our own backyard.


Nancy Wolfsohn

Lynbrook School District resident

the big kahuna October 25, 2012 at 08:38 PM
A beautiful letter and I hope that she get some consideration for the job. But we also need to look at other qualified candidates as well. When you interview candidates for a job you look accross the board to see if someone stands out. If she is the best she will get the job. Certinaly there are candidates in school districts such as Garden city who might be interested in a job here. we should be looking at these districts for their top peole to see how the measure up.
Mark reyes October 25, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Seems by reading this weeks issue of the Herald that a huge majority in this village are on board with Burak.
Thomas Tulp October 26, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Mark I think it is a huge stretch to say a huge majority of the village is on board when we know half the school board isnt even on board with the idea. Lets see some other candidates and their ideas for improving our school dixtrict. But Mark maybe you can tell us some of her ideas for improving the school district. Lets hope the school board does the right thing and investigate other candidates before rushing the job off to Dr Burak.
the big kahuna October 26, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Mark, A few teachers trying to save ther job does not count as a large majority. If Dr burak wants this job she needs to STEP up and tell us what she plans to do for the future of the district. We have enough" politicalappointees" in this disctict to last a lifetime. just ask the same parents about some of the INCOMPETENT teachers in the HS who got jobs because of connections We dont need that again. bring in good candidates and may the best person be chosen-whomever it is!


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