Candidate seeks support
I am a candidate to continue with another term on the Cooperstown school board. My background is a graduate degree in technology education and professional experience in financial planning and management and regulatory compliance as director of a nonprofit community development corporation. I started on the Cooperstown board in 1996 and have seen much change in how New York manages public education in funding support, mandates, and expectations.
Decline in New York’s finances have been passed on to schools at the same time a strict prescription of learning standards and annual testing of students have been imposed.
Test scores are the new reality by which Albany judges school districts. Despite this, a responsible program of education has to emphasize the practical application of knowledge through creative problem solving and personal expression in order to be of real value to young people.
This is what parents and communities should expect. And this is what Cooperstown should continue to keep as its standard for education.
The district has done well with managing costs while keeping basic and higher level learning opportunities for all students. I would like to remain on the board to help keep Cooperstown moving on that path.
Candidate seeks support
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