What is you opinion of the 2010-11 school budget?
Regarding next year's budget, I think it's extremely important for the community to support the proposed budget. If not, many programs will be compromised and Bethlehem's commitment to excellence will be further compromised beyond the sacrifices already made in preparing next year's budget.
What would you bring to the school board?
I would bring to the school board a perspective that encompasses over twenty years of public educational experience within a variety of educational settings. These experiences enable me to understand the salient educational issues impacting our district and community's educational decision-making and to provide important input into this process.
School districts are faced with unique challenges to build upon existing excellence. While this is the case, it is my opinion that our community will continue to strive to give our students additional educational opportunities to be successful - now and in the future. It is my hope to be part of this process.
My name is Jennifer Bliss. (I also answer to Jeni Quackenbush.) I hold degrees from Michigan State University and Fordham Law School.
Through most of the 1990's, I was an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. I no longer practice law. I have served part time as a public arbitrator for FINRA since 2002.
I have volunteered with the Jump Start reading program since 2006. I was BC's district Jump Start coordinator for two years. I have also served as a parent member of BCSD's Committee for Special Education and on the board of the Delmar Track and Field Club.
Why are you running for school board?
This fall my oldest son will begin BCHS, my daughter will be at BCMS and my youngest will be at Slingerlands Elementary. It's an exciting time and school is a central element of our lives right now. I want a part in shaping the next years in their education.