North Syracuse school board candidate profiles

— Why are you running for school board?

As a parent of two children both beginning their education in the district, I was compelled to take an active role in the decision-making that affects their daily lives as students. As a board member I will have the ability to have direct input into every aspect of district operations. My viewpoints and opinions will not only be heard, but used to shape the future of the district with the collaboration of the other board members.

Why are you the best candidate?

I bring to the board a background in business management, finance and organization. As a lifetime resident, I work and live in the district. This is also where I intend to stay. As a parent you want to see your children be successful, this is the district that will help them achieve that goal. I also have an extensive background in group leadership and group decision making. I am a founding member of GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse, a Down syndrome awareness center, and have served as the regional executive for the Central New York Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) since 2006. As a parent of a child with Down syndrome, I am not only passionate about special education programs, I am committed to their success.

What are the issues facing the district and what will you do to address them?

This district is in the midst of hard times, most of it in the form of finances. Education must always come first, but there still needs to be an opportunity for students to engage in other activities, such as arts, sports, etc. As we move into the future great care needs to be taken in the balancing of programs with budgetary constraints. The quality of education should never have to be sacrificed. Having an extensive background in business management and finance provides me with the skills needed to analyze and propose scenarios for maintaining the balance while focusing on education.

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