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CSB 27 Gets ‘Hooked Up’ David R. Hooks, Jr. Chosen As Sanders’ Successor

By Gary G. Toms

CSB 27 Gets 'Hooked Up'
David R. Hooks, Jr. Chosen As Sanders' Successor
By Gary G. Toms

In an official memo released at an open calendar meeting of Community School Board 27, held on January 17, 2002, at P.S. 225 in Rockaway Park, it was revealed that David R. Hooks, Jr., has been chosen to fill the vacancy left by former School Board representative James Sanders, Jr.

Sanders, who now presides as the City Councilman for the 31st councilmanic district, served as a member of the board for the last 12 years. During his tenure, he was responsible for "distance learning", which uses multi-media to bring the college experience to the Rockaways. He was also instrumental for developing standard disciplinary practices throughout the district, and was the sole board member who was responsible for bringing the Coast Guard program into Middle School 198.

David R. Hooks, Jr., who ran against Sanders in the City Council primary, served in the United States Marine Corp from 1965-69 and saw action in Vietnam during the years 1966-67. He was released on an honorable discharge.

He received a B.A. in Political Science from the College of New Rochelle in May of 1983.

Some of his professional achievements include: Career Planning and Development Associate for the Queens Educational Opportunity Center, at the State University of New York; Project Director, for the Training and Employment Institute; and Youth Coordinator, (Youth Specialist) Community Board 14, for the New York City Youth Bureau. He also served on the New York State Human Rights Commission, appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo.

"Community School Board 27 hereby appoints David R. Hooks, Jr. to fill the unexpired term of office for the vacant position on CSB 27 effective January 17, 2002 through June 30, 2002," stated the board issued memo.

Steve Greenberg, President of CSB 27, was very enthusiastic and elated over the selection of Hooks.

"David is a well qualified man, in life as well as in education. I am happy to have him on board, and I am even happier at the fact that a Rockaway person has been chosen."

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