If elected, what do you hope to accomplish?
I would like to see our Board of Education and District Staff conduct a thorough review of all expenses to identify where we can cut to least impact on the quality of the educational program. This is not an easy task and requires the input and cooperation of multiple stakeholders.
What is you opinion of the 2010-11 school budget?
The loss is teaching and staff positions is regrettable and we must ensure that we don't continue to make cuts that reduce the educational experiences of our students. In order to turn out well-rounded citizens, we must retain the ancillary programs when they can be funded.
What would you bring to the school board?
As a board member in other organizations, I pride myself on my ability to work with a range of individuals to find solutions. I prefer to focus on tasks and solutions, and would like to bring these skills to help our district maintain a strong educational program.
The dire fiscal condition of our state requires that school districts increasingly think outside the box to provide a strong education in the face of reduced funding. Bethlehem has long prided itself on its educational excellence. We must all work together to continue this for future generations.
A district resident for almost 20 years, Jonathan Fishbein received a BA in Accounting, with honors, from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a JD from Benjamin Cardozo Law School. His wife, Paula, has been a speech-pathologist with BCSD for 15 years. They have a daughter in 6th and a son in 9th grade. Mr. Fishbein, an appellate attorney in private practice, has served the NYS Office of Court Administration as a Fee Dispute Arbitrator for 15 years. He is a Certified Mediator, Arbitrator, Secretary of the Mediation Matters Board, and served on the Congregation Beth Emeth Education and Curriculum Review Committees.