To the editor:

Lee Goldstein and Neil Phillips are extremely qualified to be re-elected to the Board of Ed.

They both have an incredible level of relevant experience:

  • Lee not only has been on the BOE since 2019 and has been chair since 2021, but served as PTA co-president at Coleytown Middle School (CMS) and served on the PTA Exec Boards at Staples and Coleytown Elementary, and chair of PTA Cultural Arts. Lee has a BA in literature, an English teaching certificate, has taught high school English in Stamford and has been a writing tutor at Marcy Learning Center. Her two daughters graduated from Staples.
  • Neil has served on the BOE in 2018-19 and as its secretary from 2021-23. Neil has maintained a law practice as a principal in a private firm since 2006 while also being an adjunct professor at the Dolan School of Business (Fairfield U.) from 2007-2016. In addition, he served as a member of the Representative Town Committee (RTM) from 21013-2018, including as chair of the Education Committee. He has twin boys at Staples.

Record of leadership and accomplishments while on the BOE:

  • As CMS co-president, Lee listened to the parents and voiced their concerns to the BOE, BOF and RTM while the school was closed due to mold and the students were moved to two different locations for the school year. She ran for the BOE to help see through a full renovation of CMS. Lee has been a steady hand as chair, leading orderly and efficient meetings, and maintaining decorum while listening to the public.
  • Neil consistently monitors public comments at meetings and helps to build consensus among BOE members. His experience as a lawyer, a former member of the KHS School Climate Committee and on the RTM allows him to have particular insight to help the BOE navigate the various processes they must deal with.
  • Both Lee and Neil worked to adopt fiscally responsible budgets which were unanimously approved by the BOF and RTM and obtained a 5 percent budget increase in 2023. Their long list of accomplishments includes helping to maintain the school district’s top rating, expanding academic and extra-curricular offerings, adding outdoor play and learning spaces, hiring more mental health professionals and committing to improvement of facilities. They have greatly improved school security.

Lee and Neil have a proven track record of commitment to the students and the community. They deserve to be re-elected to the BOE. 

Ellen Lautenberg

Westport