I wish to congratulate newly appointed board of education member Jessica Schutte. With my congratulations I also wish to offer a bit of advice as she prepares to take the oath of office and begin her term.
First, I would simply suggest that she not in any way feel obligated to surrender her votes. She is not required to vote for anything unless she is completely satisfied that what she is being asked to vote on will best serve the needs of Paterson’s students.
Second, I would ask that she ask question as frequently as she chooses and to demand satisfactory answers to her questions. It is imperative that she makes full use of the board secretaries as she acclimates herself to the challenges of this office.
Finally, I want to wish her well on her journey and I hope she will initiate changes that are both needed and necessary to help move our school district in the right direction.
Corey L. Teague
Former school board member