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Skaneateles BOE candidates meet public

FROM LEFT: Doreen Bianchi, Geralyn Huba, Rhonda Fabrizio, Tom Lambdin and Margaret Usdansky Niebuhr sit on stage at the Waterman school during a “Meet the Candidates”  event May 15.

FROM LEFT: Doreen Bianchi, Geralyn Huba, Rhonda Fabrizio, Tom Lambdin and Margaret Usdansky Niebuhr sit on stage at the Waterman school during a “Meet the Candidates” event May 15. Joe Genco

About 30 people came to hear the five candidates for Board of Education talk about themselves and answer questions Wednesday night.

The “Meet the Candidates” event was held in the Waterman Elementary School auditorium and was organized by the PTC.

The five candidates, Doreen Bianchi, Geralyn Huba, Rhonda Fabrizio, Tom Lambdin and Margaret Usdansky Niebuhr, will all appear on the ballot in the election on this Tuesday and the top three vote getters will win seats on the board.

The election, which also includes referendums for the budget and purchase of new school buses, will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Waterman school on May 21.

At the event, the candidates all were given five minutes to speak about themselves and then answered some questions submitted beforehand by members of the audience.

Going in the order that they will appear on the ballot (alphabetically), Bianchi spoke first and emphasized the value of her experience as both an educator and a fiscal manager. She said that her background in negotiating and managing businesses would be good for the board.

“I’m very used to making hard decisions, I’m very used to allocating funds especially when they are limited,” she said.

Huba referenced her long history of volunteering in the schools and said that she was often called a “professional volunteer.” She said that one of her reasons for running is to help chose a new superintendent of schools.

“We are facing challenges in our future, declining enrollment, mandated expenses that we can’t control. How are we going to deal with that? We need this person on board as soon as possible. The person that’s going to be the face and personality of Skaneateles and also the person who is going to help guide us for the challenges that are coming.”

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