With nine candidates for the two new Board of Education seats to be filled in the March 8 special election, I'm proud to introduce Melanie Deysher beyond the policy and platform statements already presented.

I first met Melanie when our boys were in third grade at Hillside School. Then, and over the years since, I've gotten to know a woman with an exceptional commitment to our schools and the kids they serve. In addition to tirelessly volunteering for classroom and school-wide activities, she has been a consistent and diligent advocate for improving the methods to help kids with literacy issues, including dyslexia, at the district level and beyond.

In a district where too many discussions on policy turn toxic, Melanie has the unusual capacity to listen to many sides of an issue and to get others to listen to her. Among her gifts, her generous listening makes her special. She always shows respect for others and their ideas and persistence to do what's right for our kids.

Buddy Feld
Montclair


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