F-M BOE candidates speak

What are some issues that are important to you?

Two of the issues I think the BOE faces in the future are balance and money. Learning to balance busy lives while striving for individual excellence is a worthy goal and we must be willing to teach it, model it and embrace it as a core value in our schools, administration and school board.

For example, I believe that, in our high school, a short lunch break should be available to every student and not only offered as an elective, as it is now.

We need balanced representation within the school board, being both willing and able to take a step backwards and not be afraid to challenge "the way things have always been done."

We need to balance input at the board level with community outreach, better utilizing the talents and experience of district residents willing to give of their time. We clearly must balance scarce funding resources with our taxpayer's interests and our passion for excellence by focusing on thorough planning, prioritizing needs, improving productivity and eliminating waste.

We need to constantly remember: our school district is not strictly comprised of students, teachers and parents; rather, it includes and must serve the whole community.

Is there anything you want the voters to know about you?

My husband Mark and I have lived in Fayetteville for the past 19 years. We have three boys, ages 12, 14 and 16. Two attend Wellwood Middle School and one is at the high school. All three attended Fayetteville Elementary. I have always been involved as a parent volunteer and have a tremendous amount of respect for the teachers and staff.

Why should people vote for you?

I am a hard worker and I am willing to devote the time and energy needed to serve on the board. I realize that the BOE has many restrictions on what can and cannot be addressed but I do believe there is always room for improvement.

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