He is a member of the Sacandaga PTA, Concern for the Hungry Thanksgiving Food Drive, and he attends St. Joseph's Church. He has been a district resident for 17 years.
Normington and Yaglieski say they have both learned a great deal over the past three years as board members. They both agree that it is their role to balance the needs of taxpayers, teachers, parents, administrators and most of all the students.
"I've learned first hand the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Education and its members, and how the BOE works collaboratively with the administration, staff and community to accomplish tasks, including fiscal oversight, strategic goal setting, and program and budget decisions. I've also learned that many decisions are difficult and not clear cut. Ultimately, choices are based on community input, the district's professional recommendations and a focus on what is best for students and taxpayers," said Yaglieski.
Normington said the school board has had to make tough decisions, such as going forward with full-day kindergarten for next fall, as well as the building proposal, which was voted down this winter. He said his focus will remain on the students and academics.
"My main purpose for the running for the board is to give our children the best education for the future. We need to assure that the curriculum will prepare these children for the world that awaits them, and that we have the staff to get them there," said Normington.
Normington and Yaglieski said the district faces significant budget challenges next year, and they hope to be able to work with the fellow board members, administration, staff and community while looking at how they can reduce costs.
Voters will also decide May 19 whether to support a $46,651,381 budget proposal for 2009-2010 that increases spending by 1.7 percent and is expected to reduce the tax rate by at least 0.5 percent.