As former Presidents of the CCSD Board of Education, invested parents, and engaged community members, we invite you to join us in support of Chris Spencer and Beth Hover for the positions of Board Members in the Annual Budget Vote on May 18, 2021.

Chatham produces graduates of great character. The District’s role in character development, its opportunities for enrichment in the arts, sciences, and athletics, its attention to mental health through numerous resources; and its unique social safety net are strengths of our District. However, as we acknowledge our successes, so must we acknowledge that, prior to the pandemic, Chatham was already contending with a number of issues — issues that have been compounded by the pandemic and that leaders must be attuned to as we “return to normalcy”.

The continued pursuit of academic excellence, remediating programming deficiencies identified prior to the pandemic, declining enrollment, aging facilities, and continued uncertainty of state aid are all issues the Board must contend with beyond the return to normalcy.

The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the struggles the District faced prior to it. In the coming year school safety, mental wellness, and fiscal responsibility will remain key priorities along with strengthening academic programming for all levels of learners. To successfully go beyond a “return to normalcy” and ensure our students K-12 have a cohesive academic experience that prepares them to be college and career ready upon graduation requires strong leadership with clear direction, commitment to the strategic planning process, and dedicated involvement.

Chris Spencer is a dedicated father of four, architect and business owner by profession. He co-founded and was board president of Greene Hill School, a progressive grade school in Brooklyn. He has served on numerous other boards over the years including the New York Passive House Association and was board president of his condominium for 7 of the 10 years of his residence. Chris is also currently on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Chatham . He stepped up in the Fall of 2020 to fill a vacancy on the Board – not daunted by the demands of a pandemic crisis. He has spent his months on the Board committed to learning the operational workings of the District, its strengths and weaknesses, and the process by which to strategize the District’s path to pandemic recovery and academic excellence. He has asked questions, maintained good attendance, and learned how a Board member can make a beneficial contribution for students through leadership. Chris is an invested, engaged, and an informed incumbent with the capacity, skills, and commitment to lead in these challenging times.

Beth Hover is well known in the community as a professional, an experienced incumbent, and a committed advocate for the children since her days as a CCSD teacher. Retirement has not stopped her advocacy for education as she balances her roles as realtor, Board member, and active grandparent. She served on the Sean’s Run Board of Directors from its inception, served on Our Community Cares and is currently on the Lauren Kisebere Children’s Foundation. We can attest from the years we worked with Beth on the Board that she kept herself informed on the changing paradigms of education and needs of the students of this community. She has fiercely but prudently advocated to ensure the necessary resources are provided to maintain educational integrity, has served on the Audit, Policy, Finance and Public Library committees, and has always maintained open communication with the community – knowing what matters most to them and advocating within the capacity of her role.

The role of a CCSD Board Member is not a figurehead position. As former Board members and past Presidents we know how important it is that all members be able and willing team players for the Board to be successful in its role of District leadership. Beyond the dedication of time and attendance, it requires candidates possess a skill set with the ability to adapt to an ever- evolving industry and technologies, a keen understanding of the needs and desires of the students of this community, and a commitment to ensuring and strengthening the transparency, accountability, communication, and integrity of our District.

Please join us in voting for our recovery. Voting for our success. Voting for our students.

Vote for Chris Spencer and Beth Hover on May 18, 2021.

Rachel Galvin was elected to the CCSD Board of Education in 2017, where she also served as President during the 2019-2020 school year and Vice President during the 2018-2019 school year. As a resident of the District, a Chatham alum and parent, she continues to advocate for the Chatham community and public education.

Melony Spock served on the CCSD Board of Education from 2010-2017, eight of those years she served as Board President. She is very involved in her community and is currently a Trustee for the Village of Chatham.

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