Sam Perlman, a resident of Brookville and father of three current Jericho Schools students, is running for a seat on that District’s Board of Education. Perlman is running independently for one of the two seats being vacated by the incumbents, who are retiring.
Citing the School District’s anticipated budget of $128 million for the 2021-2022 school year, Perlman is running on a platform that highlights the absence of any financial expertise among current Board members and the other candidates. He released the following statement, “Given my 30-year career in finance, I have extensive experience in accounting, corporate budgeting, evaluating capital projects and general business management. I hold an undergraduate Finance/Accounting degree from Wharton/University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, and I am a Certified Public Accountant. I have the expertise to provide the financial guidance and oversight this Board currently lacks and so desperately needs.” The vast majority of the Jericho Schools budget is funded by local property taxes as the District receives minimal state aid.
Perlman is also focusing attention on the lack of transparency and accountability in the District’s operations and poor communication by the Board and administration, both before and during the Covid pandemic. He has been involved in Jericho School Board meetings from the public side for the past 10 years. He has been active in the community formerly serving as the Treasurer of the Jericho Educational Foundation and coaching youth sports through the Jericho Athletic Association and other local sports leagues.
Perlman has been endorsed by Barbara Krieger, a member of the Jericho School Board for 21 years who retired just last year.
Election Day for the Jericho School District is May 18, 2021. Voting will take place at Jericho High School with polls open from 6 AM to 9 PM. All U.S. citizens over the age of 18 who have lived in the District for 30 days are eligible to vote.