Dan Gill is an icon of the Montclair Public Schools. Fifty years of excellence, dedication and passion for educating the children of Montclair. He is not "in his twilight.” Two generations of my family have happily experienced “House Gill.” The last graduated Glenfield Middle School in June, 2020. Each was transformed intellectually by the experience.

Many new residents of Montclair have no idea that Mr. Gill was one of the visionaries who created the magnet school system that successfully integrated Montclair public schools. These new residents moved to Montclair because of our schools among other Montclair assets.

Mr. D’Amato should have been satisfied with his electoral victories. It was in the worst taste, not to mention ageist, to throw stones at such a beloved member of our community.

Judy Beck

Editor's note: The above letter references an opinion piece written by Vote Montclair founder Erik D'Amato for activist education site NJ Education Report, criticizing education unions and politicians for protecting teacher seniority. The piece referenced Gill as the "featured debater brought in to defend the status quo" of mayoral appointment to Montclair's school board last year, and described him as a "teacher who had been at the school since the mid-1970s, before many of the voters we were trying to convince were born." Several Vote Montclair members quit over the piece

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