Candidate Guest Opinion: Chris Patricca

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My name is Chris Patricca. I am running for Lee County School Board District 3.  The School Board election is particularly important this year as we move from 5 to 7 Board members.  Good teamwork is necessary as we integrate additional members to the Board.  My approach to good board governance is centered around the fact that each Board member has different strengths. We must rely on each other’s strengths to create a strong team that will move our School District forward.

My education and experience are a couple of the strengths that I bring to the School Board. I am proud to have 3 children who attend Lee County Public Schools. I earned my Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. I have used my degree to succeed in professional endeavors outside the practice of law. I teach Justice Studies at FGCU. I also sit on several Boards in my community and several Committees at the School District. I believe that these experiences allow me to take a broad view of the issues impacting our students, our staff, and the taxpayers in Lee County. I am also a frequent volunteer in the classrooms. Being in the classrooms is essential to understanding how the policies of the School Board impact students and teachers on a daily basis.

The School Board is facing many difficult issues. These include capital funding, teacher recruitment and retention, diversification of curriculum, demographic achievement gaps, and the cost of transportation. As a member of the Beach Area Civic Association, I have heard from several Fort Myers Beach residents regarding your concerns about these issues. I want to hear more from you. I want to work with you to make sure your needs are addressed.

Understanding the role of a Board member is also crucial. School Boards set policy; they do not engage in the day-to-day operations of the schools. Board members should support our schools by being active participants as classroom volunteers, attending sporting events and other school activities, and being responsive to the community.

I share our Superintendent’s goal of becoming the best School District in the nation. I want to be a member of the team that achieves this goal. I am asking you to please vote for me, Chris Patricca, for Lee County School Board District 3. Please contact me at christinepatricca@gmail.com or 518-281-2283 if you have any questions. Thank you!

 

Chris Patricca
Candidate for Lee County School Board District 3