Skaneateles BOE Candidates: Thomas Lambdin

Q: What, in your opinion, is the most important aspect of the public school system?

A: Academics are the most important aspect of school. We have to prepare our youngest generation to advance the business, health care, educational, cultural, athletic, and governmental institutions of our society, locally and beyond. In today's world, learning never stops, so we need students who are ready for emerging fields. Lifelong skills and adaptability are critical no matter your academic background.

Q: If you were to be elected, do you have an agenda for when you take your seat on the board? What is on that agenda?

A: If elected, I would seek to apply a fresh set of eyes on a fiscal situation that is jeopardizing educational quality. You have to keep your ears open for concerns. School board meetings generally are held twice a month, and to prepare you receive detailed materials in advance of the meeting. If elected, my objective is to listen, study all agenda items in advance, and make fully informed decisions on behalf of district residents. As a newcomer to the school board, I'll work to build trust with other board members, school personnel, and the public.

Q: What is your goal for the district?

A: Despite these challenging times, I'd like the Skaneateles school district to be the benchmark that other community schools, nationwide, are judged. We need to keep working to improve student performance at Skaneateles, while keeping per-pupil costs low during an uncertain, but likely lower, level of funding from State and County. We must shelter our children from cutbacks. We have to do the most with what we have, stay positive, and work to end the funding crisis. Long term, I want to ensure that we continue to offer private school quality at a public school cost.

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