Pulos has lived with her family in Fairport, a village community near Rochester, for 30 years. They have been looking to relocate to somewhere in the Finger Lakes region, like Skaneateles, for the past few years, she said.
Pulos fielded questions from an audience of about 30 people Wednesday night, including parents, teachers and current and former members of the Board of Education.
One of the biggest problems facing school districts in New York is how to deal with budget cuts and declining enrollment while also trying to maintain programs, she said. Sometimes these problems can be fixed with creative solutions, but often tough decisions must be made by the district.
In the past, when people have asked who was responsible for making cuts or laying off staff, Pulos said she took responsibility saying: “I did it, that’s why you hired me.”
Pulos said that as superintendent she would want to put an emphasis on communication and establishing a positive relationship between the schools and the parents. The more feedback the district can get from parents, the better it will be able to do its job, she said. “As evidenced by the turnout here tonight, there is commitment across the district by parents, and I think it’s reciprocal,” she said.
Another important issue for schools is teaching students how to use new technology, she said. At Clyde-Savannah, “digital literacy” was a part of the curriculums for both library-media and health.
Pulos also said that she supports arts, athletic and extra-curricular programs because she believes they are an important part of the responsibility of the district to create well-rounded students who are ready for the real world.
Dr. Mark Davey has 28 years of experience in education. He is currently the superintendent of the Gates Chili district near Rochester and has worked as a teacher and administrator for the Hudson Falls, Schenctady, Cohoes City and West Genesee school districts, all of which are in New York state.