continued What experience will you bring to the School Board? I’m a volunteer soccer, modified baseball and baseball coach in the Johnsburg district. So I know the kids, what they are like, what they’re trying to accomplish.
The more involved you are with the kids, the more you want to fight for them.
What are the key issues the school district is currently facing? The biggest issue is what the state is doing to schools. It’s not expenditures that are hurting us. It’s the unfunded state mandates. New York state has 200 special-ed laws on top of the federal government's special-ed laws, and a lot of them come unfunded. At the same time, the state allows our health care costs to grow by double digits.
Our kids are receiving a well-rounded high-quality education, but that’s getting harder to do with unfunded mandates while revenue continues to decrease. All the while you know that public education is a burden on taxpayers.
I want the school to be great without burdening taxpayers to the point where they can’t support it.
Other comments: My one thing is, and it’s been a platform for me for a long time: Education is the most important thing a community can give its children. Parents give them morals and values; the community gives education.
To graduate classes without the tools to survive is so devastating to kids. All kids, from the top to bottom in terms of performance, deserve to get those tools.
Why are you running for School Board? I am a very involved parent who would like to ensure that all students continue to receive a high quality education. I believe that academically challenging our students in a supportive caring environment is essential for not only their future but for the wellbeing of our community. I also understand the economic hardships that taxpayers face and would encourage the board members to explore the budget in depth for possible financial savings.