North Syracuse BOE candidate profiles

— Cifaratta-Brayton was named to the 1995-96 Wall of Distinction, which honors North Syracuse Central School District graduates, in recognition of her significant contributions and continual involvement and support in her community. Cifaratta-Brayton was awarded the Community Service Award in 2000, for Outstanding Service Rendered to the Youth and Community.

Cifaratta-Brayton is a current member of the New York State Association of Computers/Technologies in Education, New York State School Boards Association, National School Boards Association, Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, Alumni Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and the SAFE Services and Facilities Evaluation Committee. Cifaratta-Brayton is a volunteer for St. Joseph’s Hospital, Crouse Irving-Memorial Hospital and NAVAC. She further serves as a judge for the Central New York National History Day, sponsored by the Onondaga Historical Association.

In her 30 years as a North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education member, she has served on many committees, and has attended workshops and conferences dealing with effective educational issues.

Why are you running for school board?

As a long term incumbent of the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education, there is much more I would like to see our district accomplish. I believe that, as a long term member, I have a good perspective on a forward thinking direction for our district.

Why are you the best candidate?

My long tenure as a board of education member provides me a great sense of history on which to build for future accomplishments. I take my job very seriously as well, insuring that I’m very visible and accessible to community folks, and I like and attempt to resolve issues that are brought to me. I believe I have been and hope to continue to be, a good link between the community and the district.

Issues facing the district

The biggest challenge is the financial status of the district. Schools across the state are underfunded, and North Syracuse Central School District is no exception. Our board and our staff are constantly talking with legislators in order to bring more funding into the district, and our board scrutinizes each annual budget to insure that we have what we need to do the job of educating children. Our budget contains no frills, but we have a mission to accomplish, that of educating children.

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