Question Of The Day: Which Candidate Gets Your Vote?

Weigh in with your thoughts on this issue.

Residents of Long Beach School District go to the voting booths on Tuesday to cast their ballots in the Board of Education election. The three candidates are incumbents Patrick Gallagher and Dr. Dennis Ryan and challenger Ari Pine. The top two vote-getters win.

Answer this question in the comments: Which candidate will you cast your vote for and why?

"Question of the Day" is a new feature that will appear on Long Beach Patch seven days a week. We'll pose questions on everything from Long Beach-related to national to general issues, and we’re asking you, our loyal readers, to weigh in with your answers and thoughts each day.

LBLover May 16, 2011 at 01:40 PM
ARI PINE I think the lowering of expectations for the 6th and 7th grade curriculum is an example of how Long Beach schools are going in the wrong direction. I would hate to have to send my kids to private school because the schools aren't up to par. Ari Pine is well educated and knows that LB curriculum needs to be changed. I am also against closing East School. I don't live anywhere near it but feel that having and keeping the school is an asset to the community.
WeLv2Ski May 16, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Ari Pine It's time for a change in Long Beach. We need Board members with vested interests in our schools and our children. Ari is a successful, educated professional that can add much value to our district.
Thomas J. Evrard May 16, 2011 at 02:30 PM
My votes are for Dr. Ryan and Pat Gallagher. They have in-depth knowledge of the educational system from both an internal perspective as teachers and administrators as well as experienced awareness regarding the workings of other academic institutions. Their face-to-face interaction with constituents underlines their broad experience in the field of education. Both are service oriented and have demonstrated wisdom and common sense as Board members. They exercise collaborative decision-making. They are both men of vision. The most striking virtues of both men is their willingness to discuss and any issue with welcoming hearts. Thomas J. Evrard
Jimmy Hennessy May 16, 2011 at 04:08 PM
I vote for Patrick Gallagher. Patrick Gallagher has the experience, the integrity,a dn teh vision to keep moving the Long Beach Schools in the right direction. He has the lifetime experience of a school teacher and administrator as well as experience in public policy and government. He has a vision for our schools and our how our children should be educated. He strives to obtain public input and he believes in good government practices. He is fiscally responsible and knows that the needs of our schools have to be balanced with burden that is on the taxpayer’s backs. Pat has the experience, integrity and the vision we need to move our school system in the right direction.
Glenna King May 16, 2011 at 10:06 PM
Re-elect Patrick Gallagher (Row "1A") for Long Beach School Board Trustee. I met him this morning & he is part of the reason that the LB School District is now cutting edge on their Autism Spectrum Program. Other schools are now sending their children with Autism to the LB Schools (which by the way is making money for the district). Glenna & Maxwell King
WeLv2Ski May 16, 2011 at 11:04 PM
What we DO NOT need is another Educator or Administrator trying to be the eyes and ears of the parents and taxpayers. We need an experienced business person who can balance a budget and negotiate fair deals. We need a parent on the Board that cares AND has a stake in the issues that currently pertain to the children of the district. If you're ready to up the ante, vote for Ari Pine tomorrow.
Castles Made of Sand May 17, 2011 at 01:51 AM
I believe the focus should be on re-electing Dr. Ryan. If he is ousted by low votes then Gallagher steps into the role of School Board President. It would appear that Dr. Ryan is the most intelligent of the Board members as well as the one who actually listens to what others (the public) have to say. It is also my opinion that he understands the financial responsibility the School Board has to the taxpayers as well as responsibility they have to guiding the Long Beach School District to properly educate the children. Pat Gallagher has been hawking this ridiculous redundant stadium project as well as keeping the doors open on the costly East School. On the hand, Ari Pine attends a few school board meetings and is moved to run for the Board. Education is not like any other business. Don't forget Dr. Ryan when casting a vote.
Mr Dunes May 18, 2011 at 01:49 AM
I'd also like to say, from personal experience, I know that Dr. Ryan was the most instrumental in designing our school's highly regarded Autism spectrum program. He deserves all the credit, and not someone who plays the dog and pony show at meet and greets like PAT. For him to actually take a large stake of credit for the Autism spectrum program is more of a sign of someone who's lost touch with the issues, and is more focused on higher political ambitions once he gets an unethical Bonded Stadium erected. Please Lord let Dr. Ryan get re-elected, and Pat defeated!


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