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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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It has been my privilege to serve on the Starpoint School board for the past six years. We are blessed to have a very supportive community here and it shows in our dedicated staff, our active PTA, and the fine young men and women who pass through our doors each and every day.

As a member of the PTA, I enjoy helping out whenever I can at school functions. I feel a great sense of pride in being able to assist in any way possible. Whether it is painting a set for the school play, selling food at the concession stands, working the post prom party, or just being in the audience and enjoying a play, concert, or sporting event.

When I first ran for the board, it wasn’t because I felt that there was anything wrong but instead because I wanted to do my part to help maintain that same level of quality that drew my family to this district. I wanted to be there to do whatever I could to ensure that we are able to maintain the same outstanding programs that continue to produce graduates the entire community can be proud of.

We are facing very difficult times in education. Albany is expecting more and more from us and giving us less and less to accomplish it. It takes a team of dedicated people with an eye to the future to make all of this work within a budget that is right and reasonable for everyone. I would like to earn your vote to continue to be a part of that team.