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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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Clarence has been my home for nearly five decades. After graduating from the Clarence Schools I earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Masters of Science in Education from Buffalo State College. I am certified to teach Music, Elementary and Special Education and recently retired after 25 years of teaching Special Education students in the Buffalo Public Schools.

My husband Wayne, owns his own business in Clarence and also drives a school bus for the Clarence Schools. We have three children, one with special needs, attending Harris Hill and the Middle School. We are certified foster parents and have recently had children who have also attended the Clarence Schools.

I am grateful to the Clarence Schools for providing the education and preparation needed for me to have a successful career working with children. It is imperative that we continue to provide for our children-our future neighbors, leaders, business owners, and upstanding citizens, an exceptional education.

How much does it cost? When we evaluate the actual budget facts, we find that for this highly acclaimed education, including increasingly unfunded state and federal mandates, we still pay less per pupil and less in taxes than most surrounding communities. This does not seem unreasonable to me. When I observe and interact with our community’s outstanding young people, and appreciate their achievements I am convinced the money we spend for their education is well worth it.

I am a candidate for the Clarence School Board and if elected I will work for the educational betterment of our children and our community at a continued reasonable cost. I would be honored to serve on the School Board and happy to advocate for and give back to the community that has given so much to me.