B'ville BOE election: Candidate Steven Schweitzer

If elected, how do you intend to address those issues?

No one person can solve all of the issues facing the school district. I am a strong advocate for involving the community in identifying solutions. There are thousands of school district residents. I have no doubt that there are a lot of good ideas on how to deal with the issues. I will listen to the public and take ideas to my fellow board members. From there, actions can be implemented."

When it comes to the district budget, what are your priorities?

"Priority one is to develop a budget without affecting the quality of education while at the same time minimizing the burden on taxpayers and job cuts."

Regarding the budget, how do you propose to deal with federal, state and local cuts to financial aid?

"Unfortunately, it is a reality that schools districts across the country are facing. The key to dealing with loss in aid is to ensure that any necessary budget adjustments, both spending reductions and increased taxes, are distributed as fairly as possible. I will utilize all available resources (i.e., other school districts, New York State School Boards Association, etc.) in order to make informed decisions. Again, this problem is not going to be resolved by one person. It is going to take the collective effort and involvement of the entire community working with the board of education."

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