LETTER: Candidate for school board introduces himself

To the editor:

My name is Robert Curtis Coville. I was born and raised here in Skaneateles. I graduated from Skaneateles Central School District in 2002. I now have two young boys, Chase and Declan. Chase will enter kindergarten this fall and Declan will follow two years later. My concern for this school district comes as an alumnus, a taxpayer and parent. Skaneateles is my home and my children’s future. I have been tied to Skaneateles since birth and my children will tie me to this district for the next 15 years.

First and foremost if elected to the school board I will seek to ensure that the district maintains the level of excellence that everyone has come to know. I will also look to maintain and build upon the incredible enrichment programs available for the academics, athletics, and the arts. This district provided me with a wealth of incredible experiences that I will work to maintain and build upon. Continuing this tradition of excellence must be balanced with prudent, accountable and careful stewardship. While I believe this task may prove difficult I believe that it can be done. Important to accomplishing this goal is to change the business model of the school district. We have to look for alternative solutions to reduce and eliminate all unnecessary expenses. We first must look to shore up district leadership and find a permanent superintendent.

I also feel that it is essential that the district focus on locating all necessary means of donor support. This is something the district has done in the past, but I believe it has not been utilized to its fullest potential. This support could be achieved through establishing partnerships with local businesses and universities. Establishing these partnerships could ultimately lead to new and enriching experiences for students of our district. One other option that should be examined would be to look into taking advantage of the same programs that were used at the village hall. From my recent experience at the Onondaga County Planning Symposium I believe that the district is eligible for the exact same programs which could allow us to become the first net-zero school district in the area.

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