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The Buffalo News invited school board candidates to provide a statement about why they are running for office.

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As a school board member the last three years we have been faced with substantial challenges, primarily related to the funding of rural districts. In a district that has lost over $8 million in state aid, there have been substantial losses of positions and programs, particularly programs that offer the kind of diverse transcript that is looked for by college admission boards. We need to continue to petition Albany provide equitable funding for all school districts based on need, not antiquated formulas and tables. To that end, we need to keep district residents aware of, and involved with our elected officials to enable all districts to offer a diversified curriculum that provides academic growth at all levels, K through 12.

If re-elected to the board, I am hopeful that we would be able to restore some of the programs our recent budget losses have created. I would also like to see us be able to restore positions that have been reduced and cut to maintain a manageable class size, particularly at the elementary level where the foundation for success in school is laid. Our faculty, non-instructional staff and administrators have all worked diligently to help the board create a budget that allowed us to provide a curriculum with a minimum of losses this year. I am also appreciative of the support the community has always given the students, both in and out of school. Their continued support and involvement will be critical to maintaining the kind of district with the variety of programs that many of our student’s parents (and even grandparents) enjoyed.

Lastly, I would like to thank my family for their support and encouragement. As parents we want the best for our children, and that is the kind of education I want our district to continue to provide.