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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

Fabrizio spoke on the importance of schools programs and how they have affected her son, who is dyslexic.

“Our kids are products of the Skaneateles school system and its great product. I want to make sure we don’t lose that,” she said.

She also said that if elected she plans to use Facebook to communicate better with the community of school issues.

Lambdin said that the school board is unique in that it makes the budget, but the final approval is still up to the public, and thus they must have a good rapport.

He said that he prides himself in getting value from his money, both personally (like with his cars) and with the school budget.

“Sometimes it takes money to make money. I’m what you would probably call a value shopper. I like the idea that if we spend, we get something in return for the value,” he said.

Usdansky Niebuhr said that she wants to use her background as a teacher and administrator at the college level to help find creative solutions to the problems that the district faces, such as declining enrollment.

“I mean broadening the menu of options we consider from distance learning to sharing some teachers and some back office administrative functions with other school districts,” she said.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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