DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. Jonathan Greengrass, a 46-year-old Dobbs Ferry resident, said he is hoping to be elected to his first term on the board of education next week as a way of giving back.
Ive had a very good life and I feel like I have a responsibility to give back on a local basis, Greengrass said. I think we all have a responsibility to give back to our communities and this is the way I feel like Im best suited to do that.
Greengrass, who has lived in the village for the past six years, is currently the vice president at the Greyston Foundation, which is a development organization in Yonkers.
I have a long history managing non-profit organizations, many of which have been in the education field, Greengrass said. I am committed to providing a terrific education for all the residents of Dobbs Ferry and have a long and successful background of managing large and complex organizations with significant budgets.
Greengrass, who is married with two children, has already been serving the village, as he has been the president of the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Public Library for the past three years.
Some of the goals that Greengrass said he would like to focus on would be to continue to provide students with the skills they need after graduation, whether that means going to college or another career path.
When I look back on my term I want to know the students upon graduation were ready for college on a high level, are able to write successfully, are able to think critically, research using whatevers at their fingertips and be successful communicating their ideas, Greengrass said.
Along with making sure writing is taught strongly from the earliest possible level up until graduation, Greengrass said tackling the budget would be another one of his goals.
That is an ongoing conversation that will happen on several levels, Greengrass said. One is trying to reduce the states mandated expenses, which are forced on local school districts, and the other is going to be to continue to try and keep the majority of your resources in the classroom.
Greengrass and incumbent board of education President Lynne Black will be running unopposed for two open seats. Voting will take place on Tuesday, May 15 in the village.
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