Polling: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the athletic center entrance of the Lehn Building
Proposed budget: $19,986,885 -- +5.16 percent
Estimated tax levy: $5,837,397 -- +1.2 percent
Tax levy increase limit under tax cap law: 2.81 percent (simple majority - 50 percent plus one - needed to pass proposed levy increase)
- School buses: The purchase of two 66-passenger school buses and one school vehicle in an amount not to exceed $250,000
- Capital reserve fund: To establish a capital reserve fund in an amount not to exceed $500,000
- Library: Approve a budget of $50,500, a spending increase of $2,000, to support the Port Byron Library for the 2013-14 year
School board candidates (two open seats, three-year terms):
Reside in: Throop
Family: Wife, Kathy; and two daughters, Kaitlyn, 15, and Kristen, 13
Education: Bachelor's and master's degrees in education from SUNY Oswego
Elected offices held: None
What should be the top three priorities for the district?
It is my belief that we should all work together as a school community to:
- Provide a relevant and engaging education for all students
- Improve student performance on state tests, particularly at secondary levels
- Provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to improve instructional practices and develop strategies for improving student achievement and moving the work of the district forward
What can you bring to the school board?
As a public school teacher with over 20 years of experience, I am hoping my experiences and skills can assist the district as it continues to improve student achievement. I have a deep understanding of instructional design, curriculum development and use of educational technologies to promote student learning. I feel my background would assist the school board as a team that helps to lead our learning institution.
What will you do to ensure that local parents are partners in decision-making for the district?
I will explore new options to encourage parent, family and community participation as well as two-way communication between the school and the broader community. We must find new ways to engage all members of the community to inspire trust and listen with an open mind for new ideas.
Why did you decide to run?
I ran for the position in hopes of improving the educational experience for all students within the school system. The coming years will continue to be difficult in terms of school budgets, and when you factor in shrinking demographics, there will be much work to continue a well rounded education that meets all students' needs. The work is critical in terms of the direction and overall health of the district and I would like to assist.
Susan Sealy (information not provided)