LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT FOR North Caldwell West Essex Board of Education CANDIDATES Jann Skelton and Jill Marcus, from NORTH CALDWELL RESIDENT Robert Projansky
October 28, 2019
I write this in my personal capacity and not as a member, or on behalf, of the North Caldwell Board of Education.
Many have asked me who I support for the North Caldwell seats on the West Essex Board of Education. While I have the utmost respect for the service and dedication of all of the candidates, I
firmly endorse Jann Skelton and Jill Marcus.
North Caldwell and the entire West Essex region are at a crossroads, facing perhaps the most difficult challenges they have ever seen. The construction boom in our area creates extraordinary stress on our schools that will require a focus on forward-looking, strategic thinking, community engagement and student achievement.
When Jann served on the North Caldwell Board of Education, I witnessed firsthand how she was responsible for that forward-looking strategic thinking:
What’s more, having spent a lot of time talking with Jill about our schools, I know that, as an accomplished MBA and businesswoman, she shares the same strategic approach as Jann.
However, if there is one thing I have learned in my almost 10 years on the North Caldwell Board of Education, it is that even the greatest plans in the world are useless without full transparency and active communication of a Board’s vision. Without community buy-in, we cannot possibly achieve our goals.
Again, Jann and Jill have demonstrated full recognition of this indisputable fact.
Again, Jill shares these same values, encouraging our public officials to engage the community in its deliberative process.
Jann and Jill’s attention to these matters is evidence of their singular focus on creating an inclusive environment in which all students, no matter what their level, are best positioned to achieve their greatest potential.
I believe that they are uniquely qualified to achieve this goal and therefore endorse them. For those who are unconvinced, I encourage you to spend a few minutes with Jann and Jill, as I
suspect that will be all it takes for you to reach the same conclusion I did.