Updated: May 7
Scarsdale Inquirer April 25, 2021
SBNC choice Dugan is well qualified to serve with distinction
To the Editors:
On May 18, 2021, the Scarsdale community will select two individuals to join the Scarsdale School Board. These are extremely important choices, particularly as Scarsdale schools continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. School Board members will face many challenges in the months and years to come—the COVID-19 recovery surely will not be easy for any institutions, particularly not for schools. As the School Board Nominating Committee has recognized, Jim Dugan and Jessica Resnick-Ault have the experience, judgment and temperament to serve the Scarsdale community with distinction, and to help lead a successful recovery for the schools as board members.
I have known and admired Jim for more than a decade. Jim and his wife Shirley are both deeply invested in the community and have dedicated countless hours to volunteer efforts directed to a range of local causes, including local government, neighborhoods and religious organizations. Jim and Shirley are also committed to Scarsdale schools, and to ensuring that the schools continue to provide a world leading education to all students who attend.
For many years, I had the privilege to serve with Jim on the Vestry of St. James the Less Episcopal Church. In addition to his service as a Vestry member, Jim also served as a Warden, leading the Vestry and church staff in governance and oversight of the “business” side of church life, including budgeting, personnel decisions, building and facilities management and the operation of a vibrant nursery school. Jim was a standout Vestry member and Warden, and St. James the Less thrived under his leadership.
Among his many gifts, Jim understands instinctively the importance of collaboration on a governing board. He is an innate listener and has shown time and again the patience and skill to bring together competing constituencies (all organizations have them!) to work toward a common goal. Jim appreciates fresh thinking and approaches sensitive issues with no preconceived notions.
Jim also knows that a truly effective board must be able to both address immediate problems and maintain a long term strategic focus, all while being as open and transparent with the community as possible. Indeed, Jim is uniquely able to tread that line—maintaining a long term view while staying invested in the organization on a daily basis and remaining visible while always letting trusted professionals do their work without micromanagement. My personal experience with Jim confirms that he is well qualified to serve as a Scarsdale School Board member, and to help lead Scarsdale schools through the challenges they will confront in the coming years. I urge everyone in the community to vote for the School Board Nominating Committee slate of Jim Dugan and Jessica Resnick-Ault for the Scarsdale School Board on May 18.
Jim Hallowell 100 Ardsley Road Scarsdale