Along with an $88.3 million budget, voters in the Bethlehem Central School District will be selecting two people to sit on the 7-member Board of Education. Five candidates have come forward this year, including one incumbent, with hopes of securing a three-year term.
The Spotlight issued a brief questionnaire to all candidates. Additionally, the public will on Wednesday, May 12, have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates at a debate hosted by the Albany County League of Women Voters. The debate will begin at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Middle School. Those in attendance may submit written questions to the moderator before the start of the debate.
As a former teacher and Montessori school board member, and current school administrator, I believe that these experiences enable me to assist the school district with difficult decisions. I am a parent of three children in the district - one elementary and two in high school -and am committed to quality educational opportunities for all students at all grade levels. My goal is work collaboratively with the school board and district to assure that Bethlehem's academic excellence remains strong and prepares our students with the 21st century skills that they will need to be successful in an increasingly competitive society and world.
Why are you running for school board?
I am running for school board to serve the Bethlehem school district and community to the best of my abilities. Our district is faced with unparalled challenges as financial resources diminish while the demand for quality educational programming increases.
If elected, what do you hope to accomplish?
If elected it is my hope to support the existing high quality programming Bethlehem offers its students, while encouraging current and future academic excellence and growth - an immense challenge as we prepare our students for success in the 21st century marketplace.