on May 13, 2013 - 10:57 PM
, updated May 15, 2013 at 2:13 AM
The Buffalo News invited school board candidates to provide a statement about why they are running for office.
One of the greatest assets Clarence has is its school district. My wife and I, like many other families, moved to Clarence 10 years ago in large part because of the district’s reputation for excellence. Our two daughters have had fantastic, dedicated teachers in both Ledgeview and in Clarence Middle School.
I have always been passionate about education and the transformative effects it can have on both individuals and communities. I believe a strong school district helps ensure Clarence continues to attract new residents and improves property values. More importantly, it helps children develop the tools they need as adults. The challenge is that every child is different – they have different strengths and interests, and a good school provides something for everyone. The fiscal challenges we face are significant, and maintaining strong programs will require effort at both the local and the state level. I have the energy and problem solving abilities needed to represent the needs of the community effectively.
Clarence has been very successful over the years. It has the 5th lowest per-pupil cost out of the 98 districts in WNY, and is ranked #1 for cost effectiveness. That makes it a fantastic value, and is one of the reasons why so many families move to Clarence. Particularly when times are tight, we need to look at ways to preserve and enhance the things that make the Clarence schools special.
I hold both Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science and engineering. I have been employed at the University at Buffalo for the past 17 years in information technology, with both supervisory and budgetary responsibilities. In addition, my wife and I run a software design and consulting company.
You can learn more about my positions at https://www.facebook.com/MattStockClarenceSB.