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Five candidates for three seats in Scotia-Glenville

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Why are you running for school board? These are difficult times for our schools and for many families. Nothing is more important to the future of our community than educating our children. The question is how to maintain and even improve outcomes with limited resources. I'd like to help find the solution to these problems. (48)

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish? I'd like to study the present in light of the past: where are we? how did we get here? I'd like to learn from others: there are many boards of education and some attain better outcomes with fewer dollars--how? I'd like to help find solutions that work for us. (50)

What is your opinion of the 2010-11 school budget? I appreciate the collaborative effort from the board and the administration in making the cuts they feel will have the least impact on programs.

What would you bring to the school board? I have many years of experience and training analyzing complex problems and seeking innovative solutions that maximize desired outcomes. Working collaboratively in teams is one of my strengths. I bring the perspective of a parent who values education and of a longterm district resident committed to strengthening our community. (49)

Free response. Take 50 words to say anything you'd like on any topic. I have grandchildren attending elementary school in another state. If their family considered living here, I'd like them to find Scotia-Glenville the best schools in the country. I'd also like them to feel they could afford to live in our district. The goal: the best education at an affordable cost

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Biography (100 words or less, please):

I was born and raised in the Town of Greece, a suburb of Rochester, NY. l graduated with a B.A. from SUNY Albany in 1993 and cum laude in 1997 from Albany Law School, where I met my wife Kimberly Boucher. I was sworn to the bar in 1998 and I am now Counsel to Senate Health Chair Thomas K. Duane. The most important event in my life, however, was the birth of my son Isaac in 2008 -- the same year we moved to Scotia-Glenville and fell in love with the community.

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