ES-M BOE candidates speak

Five candidates, all newcomers, except Mark LaFountain, who was appointed in February to one of the seats, and Deb Eichholtz, who resigned in October 2007 for personal reasons, are vying for three seats on the East Syracuse-Minoa Board of Education. Election Day is May 20.

Other candidates include Leah Cushing, Matt Uryiniak and Paul Waltz.

Debra Eichholtz

Term(s) served:

One year of a four-year term from July 2006 to Oct. 2007

Community involvement:

ES-M District Wide S.A.V.E. Committee, Town of Manlius Critical Response Committee (CRC), 2007 Tabletop Drill Planning Committee for CRC, ES-M Strategic Planning Education Rigor and Excellence Committee, Fremont PTO Member, ES-M Education Foundation.

Why are you running for the BOE?

I am running for the Board of Education because my past time on the board was a rewarding experience. Had I been able to take a temporary leave of absence, that would have been my preference.

What are some issues that are important to you?

Within the realm of public education, it is difficult to select one issue. Our schools in many ways have become the social meeting place for many families. In the previous week, ES-M hosted a district-wide concert for grades four through 12; it was a wonderful evening in which families from all over the community came together to see a performance that was planned by a dedicated staff and brought to life by the talent of our students. That event was followed by the annual Art EXPO. Families all over the district look forward to the annual event year after year. Our students are very fortunate to have such wonderful opportunities.

From a fiscal perspective running a school district is similar to running a large corporation. Yet at the same time our business is creating learning opportunities that will allow our students to develop the skills necessary to become a life long learner. Achieving a balance between those two demands is not an easy task. Through the support of our board and the district's curriculum we strive to create a learning environment where every student can find their true niche.

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