To the editor:
On Monday afternoon, I participated in The Journal News’ interview of the Croton school board candidates. The Journal News broadcasted this interview live on their website. You may access it, at your convenience, at www.lohud.com, and click to the School Board interview for Croton-Harmon. Also, my answers to the candidates’ questionnaire are posted on the LoHud website.
Some of my answers include the following: I discussed how I will not decide an issue unless I have all the information presented to me, and that I am able to make difficult decisions for our children. I discussed how our community is proud of our District’s small size, and how we expect our Superintendent to be easily accessible. I indicated that communication between the District and the community needs some improvement, and that this can be easily done by updating our District’s website, and keeping it current on a daily basis. I discussed how our tax base is maxed-out, and that we need to explore non-academic ways to reduce costs, including increasing shared services.
I also want to point out that when asked, hypothetically, whether I would explore merging with another school district in order to save costs, I was the only candidate who emphatically stated no. I am able to take this position because I believe that the members of our school district chose the Croton-Harmon schools because of its small size, and its reputation. I grew up in a school district that was as small as Croton’s, and it survived the fiscal crisis in the 1970s, without compromising the education of its students.
I understand that we are facing hard choices right now, but I do not think the solution is to consider a merge. I think that the solution is to advocate more on behalf of our District, in Albany, to persuade the legislature to revoke or modify the many regulations that stifle our District’s ability to operate more efficiently and economically. I think we should turn to our community members to help get this done, as there is always strength in numbers.
If you have any questions, you can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 271-7595. If you would like, please feel free to forward this email to other people you know. I welcome any inquiries.
I hope that I can count on your support on May 19th.