Saranac Lake High School
Photo by Andy Flynn.
Final comments: I’m doing this because I’m interested in seeing the schools be the best they can be. I have no motivation to run other than to see the schools provide quality education for the kids.
Why are you running for school board? I really enjoy taking responsibility and making decisions for what’s in the best interest for taxpayers and the district itself.
What experiences do you bring to the board? I’m open minded, I’m fair, I have no agenda, and I’m impartial. I have one child in each one of the schools. I’m hands on. While we might agree to disagree on the board, we all respect each other, that we have the best interest of the kids and the taxpayers, first and foremost, at heart.
Key issues for the school district? Naturally, trying to balance the programs we can provide for the children and rising costs of the health care package, benefits in general. We’ve brought the budget in the past three years at very little increase, but to do so, we’ve closed two schools, we’ve lost close to 50 positions by attrition. It’s going to be hard moving forward to continue that.
Final comments: I’m in the trenches, whether it’s planting flowers at Petrova Elementary or examining the pooper scooper for the high school fields for the kids to play. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for each building … I just like being in there and being hands-on, not just sitting at a table making decisions.
Why are you running for school board? Just to be a part of the community. I don’t have an agenda, and I have no issues with speaking my mind.
What experiences do you bring to the board? When I worked at Albany Med, I worked in the budget office, so I have a lot of budget experience. I run a business, the Adirondack Surgical Group, and I’m on the board of the Saranac Lake Pee Wee Hockey Association. So I’m very familiar with working with other people to get things done.