With the departure of Board of Education member Sam Cavaliere to San Diego, the board welcomed back former member Linda Gilbert Tuesday night.
Gilbert, who served for five years on the Board of Education before leaving in May, brings finance and curriculum experence. She was selected from among three candidates who applied for the position.
“I was only off for six months, so it will be a quick ramp-up for me,” said Gilbert, who will be on the board for a four-month term until the next election in the spring. “I feel that I can contribute to the board.”
Board members and residents were pleased to see Gilbert back on the board.
“I just think we’re very fortunate that Linda is willing to come back and take this on,” Board of Education President Lisa Ellis said. “This is a four-month appointment, and her experience on the board, especially in finance and curriculum, will be invaluable to us. I am personally thrilled to have her back helping us out.”
Added resident Steve Wells agreed.
“I’ve known Linda for over a decade now, and what I most admire about her is she can be someone who, we could have a disagreement on issues, and yet there’s still a mutual respect that goes back and forth," he said.
Gilbert also looks forward to working with District Superintendent Michael Rossi, whom she assisted the board in hiring last spring.
“It’s a good way for me to come back and volunteer my time,” Gilbert said.