September 28, 2000
Superintendent Nydick Gets High Marks.
by Stewart Lilker
In what has clearly been a breath of
fresh air in the district, Interim District Superintendent David Nydick has been given high marks by everybody with whom your reporter
has spoken. Seen here
taking notes at his first meeting on September 6th, Nydick has impressed
everyone with his upbeat and cheery personality, along with his open
mindedness and desire to learn more about the district. Unlike the
districtís past Supt. Moffett, Nydick has an open door policy and goes
out of his way to meet with staff, parents and members of the community.
Some weeks ago he told your reporter, "If you have a question, just
give me a call and ask. If I donít know the answer, Iíll find out
and get back to you."
The districtís highly respected and
newly resigned Magnet School Coordinator, Fern Eisengrub, said,
"You have to look at the bright side, we have a new superintendent
whoís really great (and a principal at the high school who is really
making a difference)." [FNYN will cover the districtís loss of
Ms. Eisengrub in a future column].
Former High School PTA Co-president
Stephanie Cieslik also gives the Superintendent high marks.
"Everybody really has good things to say about this guy. What a
Eloy Yndigoyen, former school board
candidate and Latino community leader told FNYN, "It sounds to me
like he [Nydick] wants to learn about the community."
Nydickís experience as
superintendent in Jericho, one of the highest performing districts in
the county, should bode well for the children of the Freeport School
District. For years this district has freefalled, finally to end up at
or near the bottom of the barrel, while the Board (all), administrators
and staff (not all) and particularly the union president, Lillian Gutman,
have watched, as this predominantly minority district has expected less
than the best from its students, while making excuse after excuse why
these children canít perform. Both the Village and the District have
paid dearly as a result.
Nydick, who is an officially retired
superintendent, doesnít need this job, isnít looking for another
job, doesnít have to impress anybody, and hopefully will pack his bags
if this Board stands in his way of uplifting this district and its
students. FNYN asks you to
support this interim superintendent by coming to the school board
meetings and letting him and your neighbors know what is on you mind.
This superintendent, the first real superintendent in this district
since Dr. Bonen, has the tools to get the job done, wants to hear from
you, and genuinely seems to care. Now the ballís in your court.--
Publisher/Editor (and resident) - Lilker