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District 15 bids farewell to president

School District 15’s Community Education Council (CEC) bid adieu to its president last week.

In a teary send−off, members of the volunteer group, which consists of parents advocating for public schools in Red Hook, Park Slope and Sunset Park, offered high praise for outgoing President Jennifer Stringfellow.

“It has been truly an honor and a pleasure working with Jennifer,” said Teresa Lantigua, the CEC’s second vice president. “Thank you for teaching us. Thank you for leading us.”

“Jennifer, you’ve been an inspiration to us,” First Vice President Jim Devor added during the CEC meeting, which was held at M.S. 51 on Fifth Avenue.

The CEC’s founding president, Mary−Powel Thomas, returned to honor Stringfellow, who was elected as the council’s leader when Thomas left to join Borough President Marty Markowitz’s office.

“I’ve been amazed by the incredible job she’s done,” Thomas said. “Jennifer really cares about the kids in this district.”

Overwhelmed by the kind words, Stringfellow thanked her husband and son for their support.

“They actually know how to cook and everything because mom’s never home,” she said with a laugh.

On a serious note, Stringfellow said the role of CECs is an important one.

“It takes a lot of effort,” she said. But “this job is just so worth doing.”

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