To Croton School District Residents:
In the absence of any announced candidates for one of the open positions on the Croton-Harmon School Board, I am writing to announce that I am a write-in candidate for that opening.
Now retired after more than thirty years in public education in Westchester, as a teacher, special education teacher, school social worker, clinical coordinator for a regional educational service and finally as a CPSE/CSE (Committee on Pre-School Special Education/Committee on Special Education) chairperson, I am dedicated to the idea that public education is our best investment for the future.
In addition, as a former Drug-Free Communities Grant coordinator, I am committed to finding ways to help communities work together to provide a safe, positive environment for our youth. As an almost life-long resident of Westchester and a Croton school district resident since 1963, I also hope that my experiences working as a mediator, board member, and adjunct professor will be an asset to the Croton-Harmon schools.
While I am concerned that some of the residents in the district are facing a very large increase in school taxes, I cannot in good conscience ignore the information shared at the public meeting which puts this increase in balance in terms of the increases in other parts of the district over the last several years. Should we be seeking ways to make the funding of public education more equitable? Absolutely. Should we be working to ensure that our neighbors are not forced from their homes because of taxes? Absolutely. Perhaps we can all work together toward that goal.
I know the time before the election is short. I will be at the Black Cow on Monday, May 14th from noon until 3 p.m. to answer any questions. My phone number is 271-5324.
I would welcome your support by writing in my name at the Croton-Harmon School District Budget Vote and Trustee Election on May 15th between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the Croton Harmon High School Gym.
Thank you for your consideration.
Linda Conte, 914-271-5324