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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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My experience as a professional engineer and dedicated volunteer provide me with the necessary skills to work with community stakeholders and education experts. Through open dialog and weighting the facts I am prepared to make difficult decisions for the benefit of our school district.

The quality of our education system supports our future, our community and our property values. Having struggled in grade school yet through hard work, attained a masters degree in engineering, I understand the value of education to prepare students with the life skills for college and/or career.

As both a taxpayer and parent of school age children, I believe school board members must enable education professionals to meet strict guidelines but also seek to consistently find reasonable value while balancing costs and benefits for students and taxpayers.

I have proven experience negotiation contracts, managing multi-million dollar budgets and listening to all the stakeholders in the decision making process.

I welcome open dialog on reducing surplus assets, improving efficiency, increasing innovation and other topics.

We are in the doldrums of hard economic times. I am mindful of people on fixed budgets and I will work ensure the district prepares budgets under the 2 percent tax cap while still providing quality academics, athletics and diverse club activities.

I continuously look for ways to improve school safety. I requested the school speed limit recently posted on the road in front of Eggert Road Elementary and proposed implemented safety measures for student arrival at South Davis Elementary.

These are trying times for our educational system to maintain its standard of excellence but I’m ready for the challenges ahead. I hope you vote May 21st to support me as your next School Board Member.