Four candidates for three seats in Schalmont

What is your opinion of the 2010-11 school budget?

Staff reductions, retirements, a shrinking student body, increased class sizes, and course eliminations have combined to allow the district to get by this year and postpone tough choices to 2011. Absent change, the tax increases of the last 10 years will return and deep cuts will have to be made.

What would you bring to the school board?

As a parent of 4th, 6th, and 9th graders, a taxpayer, and an outsider never having served on the board, I would offer balanced and fresh eyes, new ideas, and 18 years of professional experience working with people from all around the world to find solutions to tough problems.

Free response. Take 50 words to say anything you'd like on any topic.

We all need to acknowledge the new reality our and all school districts are operating in and agree on a plan that is sustainable long term by district residents and provides students and teachers the environment they need.

Sandra Belonick

Biography (100 words or less, please): I graduated from Mohonasen HS and attended Brockport University. I married my husband, Michael, over 36 years ago. We have two children, Jack and Cheryl, both Schalmont graduates. I have served on the Schalmont's School Board for 15 years. I was VP 2004-05 and 2005-06 school years.

I am very active with the NY State School Boards Assoc., having served as a voting delegate for 10 years. I was given two medals for being a Board Member of Distinction from the NY State School Board. I began service as a board member on the Capital Region BOCES Board in 2000; I have been the president the past two years. I began on the TVHS Operating Board in 2006. I was active in the 3 Schalmont's Parent Teacher Organizations, elementary, MS and HS. I also served as secretary for the Friends of Music. I served as the Vice-Chair of the Town of Rotterdam Ethics Committee. In little league I held many officer positions. I served as a board member for Rotterdam DARE.

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