J-D BOE candidates speak

Four candidates are vying for three seats in the upcoming Jamesville-DeWitt Board of Education election to be held May 20.

Tom Taylor, Deb Borenstein and Sam Young are seeking re-election; Scott Whipple is seeking his first term.

Deborah Borenstein

Term(s) served:

Served one three-year term.

Community involvement:

Syracuse Stage Guild President, Syracuse International Film Festival -- Volunteer Coordinator, Financial Secretary at University United Methodist Church

Why are you running for BOE?

I am running for school board because I believe that our schools are the most valuable resource for the future, providing an intellectually stimulating, empowering, and creative environment for all students. It is the responsibility of our school district and its elected officials to make informed decisions that will enhance the education of these students.

What are some issues that are important to you?

Issues of importance to me are meeting the educational needs of all students (academically, creatively, and athletically) while maintaining a fiscally responsible budget. This includes bridging the achievement gaps, keeping our children safe, and maintaining appropriate and conducive learning spaces.

Why should people vote for you?

Education has always been a priority in my life. As a former teacher, educational consultant and trainer with a master's degree in educational administration, I bring a unique blend of talents to the Board of Education. I try to listen to our constituents and bring their praises and concerns to the table. I look forward to continuing my opportunity to listen, work and provide our community with the leadership they deserve.

Tom Taylor (incumbent)

Term(s) served (if applicable):

I am running for my third term. I have served as vice president for two years and president this year.

Community involvement:

I have served on a variety of school related organizations such as PTG's, all sports Booster club, and Operation Graduation. I am currently on the board of directors for the OCM School Boards Association. I have also been active at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church.

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