continued I can help this board keep its balance — the balance between its fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayer and its academic responsibility to the students. We must work within our financial constraints, but at the same time not allow economic pressures to distract us from our primary function of educating students. We need to be cognizant of the effects of decreasing revenues without abandoning our tradition of excellence.
Why are you the best candidate?
All three candidates are excellent, so I wouldn’t feel comfortable saying that I am the best candidate. I am, however, familiar with the academic challenges we are facing. I believe I have demonstrated to the community that I am willing to make responsible fiscal decisions when required, and can do this without compromising the quality of their children’s educations. I am willing to work diligently on behalf of the students, staff and taxpayers, be a strong advocate for them, and keep the lines of communication open.
I am well aware of the time, effort and level of responsibility expected of a board member and am willing to make that commitment. I conduct myself honestly, ethically and professionally, am a good problem solver, an attentive listener and a creative thinker. I consider various perspectives before making decisions and work well collaboratively. I can be tenacious when necessary, compromise when necessary, am not afraid to ask the difficult questions and. I do not welcome conflict, but I am not intimidated by it either.
What are the issues facing the district and what will you do to address them?
Like so many other districts, our lack of funding and the conflict between spiraling costs and inadequate revenue is our biggest issue. Unfunded mandates, state testing requirements and increasing employee costs contribute to the problem. Additionally, changing demographics in recent years have resulted in a larger number of students needing more and costlier services.