GUILDERLAND: Five vie for three seats

"I really enjoy this as my public service," said Fraterrigo. "Education has always been one of my primary interests."

Fraterrigo said she hopes to "continue to dialogue with parents in the

community and try to provide the best education to our children as we continue to prepare them for the 21st century."

A district resident for 36 years, she and her husband have five children, all Guilderland graduates. Fraterrigo said her five children all received an excellent education in the district.

"I just want to try to maintain that quality of education," she said.

Fraterrigo said, if elected, her priorities include choosing a successor to Superintendent Gregory Aidala, who will retire in November, bringing the technology curriculum up to speed, and maintaining a successful arts program.

One of the goals Fraterrigo said she has been working on accomplishing is the establishment of the Foreign Language Early Start (FLES) program, which is in the budget for next year.

"It's been a longtime goal of mine," she said.

The FLES program, which teaches Spanish to elementary students, has been shown to help students in other subject areas and can benefit students later in life as they enter the workforce in a world where Spanish has a greater prevalence.

"It's not just establishing a foundation as a second language, but it's also serving other rubrics the child has in school," said Fraterrigo.

Fraterrigo said another focus of hers is preventing bullying and promoting respect among students.

"If the kids establish a culture of respect the whole atmosphere of the school can change," said Fraterrigo.

Fraterrigo has served on numerous committees including the wellness task force, early childhood advisory, safe and drug-free schools and time study. She has served as chairwoman of both the policy and communication committees.

Another focus for Fraterrigo is to increase outreach to community and the parents.

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