on May 14, 2013 - 4:32 AM
, updated May 15, 2013 at 2:08 AM
The Buffalo News invited school board candidates to provide a statement about why they are running for office.
My wife Ginger and I live in Clarence with our six children. With rapidly escalating costs I am concerned about additional program cuts, personnel reductions and large tax increases in coming years. I am running for the board because I am concerned that my four year old daughter will not have the same quality of education as my older children. I am fully committed to finding the creative solutions that are necessary to preserve academic, extracurricular and athletic excellence in the Clarence Schools for my own children and others in the district.
The main issues that face the district are economic in nature. A sound fiscal plan is critical to maintaining the quality of education for our children. Raising taxes at an unsustainable rate is not a viable solution as seen by a proposed 9.8% tax rate increase this year that still results in the district eliminating 24 positions. We cannot continue to pay more and get less and expect our schools to remain great. We must put an end to the annual decision of which jobs to eliminate by better controlling costs.
Large increases in taxes hurt our seniors with fixed incomes, middle class families and local businesses, but do not assure a better education for our children. My objective on the board would be to facilitate the compromises that need to be made between the students, parents, teachers and administrators in order to preserve a strong slate of academic and extracurricular offerings for many years to come.
I have been responsible for budgets and finance as the Treasurer of Buffalo Tungsten Inc. and President of iQ Modular Homes Inc. I have volunteered as a coach for the Clarence Soccer Club and Clarence Baseball Association and serve as the Chartered Organization Representative of Boy Scout Troop 451.