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Six candidates vie for four seats in Guilderland

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish? Working with my fellow Board colleagues, I hope to hire a superintendent that will lead our district to even greater excellence. I will continue to advocate for open lines of communication between the Board and our fellow citizens, teachers, support staff and administrators. In addition, I would continue to stress fiscal responsibility.

What is your opinion of the 2010-11 school budget? This was the most difficult budget that I have had to face since I began serving on the Board in 1997. Fiscal realities being what they were, our administration was forced to present substantial cuts in programs and personnel. I do hope our voters will support our proposal.

Free response. Take 50 words to say anything you'd like on any topic. I have truly enjoyed serving my community as a school board member. If re-elected, my fellow citizens will certainly know that I will exert my best effort to preserve our great programs while watching our expenditures. By all accounts next year will be even more difficult and require the loss of many non-mandated services.

Allan Simpson

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What motivated you to run for school board?

I am running for the board because I feel the board could use a business person's perspective especially during these difficult economic times.

What skill set do you bring to the board?

My skills are 30+ years of working in finance, accounting and budgeting.

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish?

I would like to maintain Guilderland's high quality of education. This will be difficult considering the current and projected economic climate. I feel I can offer a different perspective to the challenges that face us ahead.

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

I am disappointed with the current budgeted spending plan. I do not agree with deferring the interest payments related to the bonds for six months. The budget should have either been increased to make the payment as scheduled or other expenses should have been looked at to be reduced in order to make the payments as scheduled.

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