Three candidates in Niskayuna schools

I supported the 2010-11 budget and believe it is the best budget possible given the uncertainty of the economy. It preserves programs for students while modestly increasing course offerings. Most importantly for the long term, it realizes permanent cost reductions in future budgets.

What would you bring to the school board?

Like any candidate, a set of unique experiences that make for a diverse board that represents the community. As a lifelong resident of Niskayuna and a graduate of Niskayuna schools, I have a sense of the history and traditions of the schools.

Debbie Gordon

Biography (100 words or less, please):Debbie currently serves on the School Board and is the Board Representative on the Health Committee, Safety Committee and Van Antwerp PTO. She was previously PTO Council co-president for the Niskayuna Central School District and served on Craig School's PTO as co-president.

Gordon graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a BA in psychology and earned a Masters degree from Syracuse University. Gordon is a certified social worker who worked as a Rape Crisis Counselor in Syracuse.

Gordon and her husband, Brian, have lived in Niskayuna for the past 11 years. Their two children, Aaron and Stacy, attend Van Antwerp Middle School.

50 words or less each:

Why are you running for school board? I have enjoyed my first term and want to continue to contribute to our school district which has an excellent reputation.

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish? I intend on continuing to build upon the successes of my first term which include an extensive construction project nearing completion, working at maintaining class sizes at low levels and progressing the development of the elementary foreign language program.

What is you opinion of the 2010-11 school budget? I feel that it is a sound budget, especially in light of this economy. We did our best to cut areas that have the least impact on the student's educational and developmental needs.

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