Ira Lippman, seeking a seat on the school board, said putting
children first should be the highest priority of the 15 candidates.
“I would like to see the success of our high school graduates
going on to four-year universities increase. We have to create
enthusiasm for them to go,” he said.
Lippman, the father of three children, said if he is elected, one
of his goals will be to reestablish a good relationship between the
board and the community, and to renew the trust citizens once placed
in the governing body.
Concerned about how money is being spent by the district, Lippman
said he would closely monitor how funds are disbursed, and anything
that is not essential to teaching children would hit the chopping
Lippman, vice-president of Peggy Woods Pet Emporium, said his
business savvy will serve him well as a board member. He wants the
district to make smarter procure- ments by negotiating lower prices
Because cuts to state funds will further shrink a dwindling
budget, Lippman wants to increase school-business partnerships, which
he said have waned in recent years.
“There’s no force behind the program, no outreach to the
community,” he said. “Principals must reach out, and they need to
make that a priority.”
As a member of school-site councils, Lippman said he thinks the
experience has given him a way to see how the educational process