Vote for Silvia LeBlanc for School Board on November 5!

Dear Neighbors,

Like you, my family and I cherish our Palisades school community.  Our rural setting, small class sizes, and small-town-feel set us apart from our neighboring districts.  That is what drove our family to move to Palisades when our children were young – and they are thriving in this beautiful and caring community.  I want to preserve the reputation of our district, and have it continue to grow for generations to come.

For years, my husband, Erik, and I have volunteered in our schools and coached our share of Pirates and Pirettes, and led community organizations, like Girl Scouts.  Through those engagements, we have see the very best of our children and community – heard so many good ideas.

 I want an opportunity to bring those ideas to life.  That is why I have decided to run for School Board.

As a School Board member, protecting our children’s education will always be my first priority.  I’ll promote the excellence of all of our schools, and seek out ways to capitalize on our strengths.  

Specifically, my main goals are:

Better Communication. 

Parents and community members should have better access to School Board meetings, and have more opportunities, both formally and informally, to guide the District’s policy-making.  The Board can, and should, provide frequent forums across all of our schools to hear the feedback and priorities of parents, student, teachers, and taxpayers.  The Board can, and should, provide open access to meetings via live feed or other electronic means.  

Better Balance. 

I will seek balance in my representation of our community.  Everyone — from our local businesses, our teachers, our parents, our taxpayers — have a stake in the future of our schools.  Also, I will seek balance in the allocation of our resources between our elementary, middle and high schools — and the many, varied activities — athletics, music, art, libraries — available to our children.

Better Focus. 

For years, our Board has been locked into cyclic discussions about school closure — discussions that only served to further stifle growth .  While it is, of course, imperative to review enrollment trends, we need to focus, instead, on preparing our students, as best as possible, for the future. 

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful, supportive community around our children.  I would be honored to have your vote to bring my ideas to the table.  I welcome your thoughts, and look forward to meeting you all on this journey.

All my best,