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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 3rd generation graduate of Barker Central, I have a real desire to see the district continue its record of quality education. Having a young child in the school only amplifies this goal.

It would be easy to speak of things I would like to change or policies I would like to see implemented but the reality is, if elected, I would be only one of seven voices. My focus as one of those voices would be to serve as a bridge between the community and the board to relay the wants and needs of the people. We are all well aware of the financial hardships brought to our district by the reduction in PILOT payments and I believe it is important to try to keep taxpayer costs down without sacrificing our children’s education and activities. Some things will change out of necessity but I will support what gives our students the most opportunities to succeed.

I believe it is important to have a woman’s perspective on the board. All too frequently our board of education is made up of men whose children have long since graduated and moved on. In the last 100 years, Barker’s board has had 81 members yet only 10 have been women. It is so necessary that this segment of the population have representation in their district and their children’s school. We need fresh eyes from a parent whose child still has many years to go at Barker Central.

Please consider supporting me for your school board and I will work to be the community’s voice.