Current occupation/employer: Full-time domestic engineer (AKA stay at home parent) small business owner
Educational background: Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education
Previous school district/civic involvement: President and vice president of Southbury Elementary School Home and School Organization
Previous elected public offices held: None
Why are you seeking election to the Oswego School District Board?
As a parent with three students in the district as well as a homeowner and small business owner, I have been directly impacted by recent budget cuts and fee increases. I believe it is important to have a fresh set of eyes on this difficult financial situation and I believe that I can think objectively and creatively to guide the district to that position.
What differentiates you from the other candidates?
As I do not personally know all of the other candidates, I could not speak to what differentiates me from them. However, I have three children in the district, two at Junior High and one in High School. They have attended Oswego schools their entire academic careers to this point.
If elected, what would be your top priority as a board member?
This is a somewhat difficult question to answer as it partly will depend on the results of the operating referendum that is also on the April 2nd ballot. Regardless of that outcome though, I look forward to being part of helping to create a strategic plan that would keep us from being in this position again.
The school district is facing a multi-million deficit. Do you support the April 2 operating fund referendum placed on the ballot by the current board? Please explain your position.
I do support the operating referendum. Despite the fact that the current board and district administration have tried to keep cuts away from students, that is where we are at, and it will only get worse if the referendum does not pass.
Is there fat in the school district budget? If so, what programs or positions would you work to eliminate?
There is certainly not a lot of fat remaining in the budget, if any. Are there programs and positions that I would vote to eliminate? Yes, If I was put in the position to have to make those hard decisions. In fact, we will have to do just that if the referendum does not pass on April 2nd. I would obviously look at whatever programs or positions would have the least impact on students as possible.
Does the school district employ too many administrators at the expense of students and teachers? Please explain.
I do not feel that the district employs too many administrators at the expense of students and teachers. Did they at one point? Yes, clearly, they did as the current board has made some deep cuts at the administrative level over the last several years, eliminating positions in addition to freezing salaries. If we want to maintain our status of a desirable school district, we must not only hire amazing teachers but also administrators capable of supporting these teachers.