Whether you’re interested in how your tax dollars are being spent or how your children are being educated, hopefully both, you should pay particular attention to the upcoming Haldane School trustee election. This year’s election is of special importance because, in all likelihood, longtime Superintendent Mark Vallanti will be leaving during the newly elected trustees’ term, and we will need a strong board to interview and select his successor. Having served on the BOE for three terms, under two superintendents, I cannot stress enough the importance of a good leadership and that’s why I’m endorsing Gillian Thorpe for the trustee position. Having served with Gillian and knowing her passion for Haldane and the community, I believe that she is the right person to make the hard decisions that lie ahead. Her experience as trustee and VP of the BOE gives her an important advantage over the other candidates.