Four vie for three spots on Marcellus BOE

— Academic opportunity. I am tired of the idea of maintaining programs. If this community is to continue its rich tradition of producing outstanding students, we need to provide them with the means to distinguish themselves on college admission forms or for preparation for going into a trade.

Fiscal management. While we must expand course selection and extra-curricular opportunities, this has to be done in a responsible fiscal manner. Furthermore, the district needs to continue on the path of transparency that it has begun; the community needs to be made aware of how funds are used.

What would you say are your best qualities that you will bring to the Marcellus BOE?

I am a patient, methodical individual who listens to the entire problem before suggesting a solution. I am hard working and I do not accept sub-par performance. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well. I speak my opinion about an issue regardless of whether it is popular or not. I seek other people’s opinions, especially when their thoughts are contrary to my own. Finally, my persistence is perhaps my greatest asset. When confronted with an obstacle, I find a way to accomplish my task.

Is there anything else you’d like to say about the election, your platform or anything regarding the board?

I do not favor rushing into things. Over the last year, I have attended every board meeting, with the exception of one, every community forum and every budget workshop. I wanted to become informed about what is happening in the district, and I wanted to make sure I was prepared to take on the responsibilities of being a board of education member. In addition, by participating in the board meetings, community forums and budget workshops, I have been reminded of the resiliency of the Marcellus community and its commitment to our children. I feel we have all the necessary tools to overcome the problems we are facing, and I am prepared to take an active role in that process.

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