To the Residents of the Croton-Harmon School District,
In the last 7 weeks, I have done, and continue to do my own research, to educate myself about the responsibilities of the Board and its members, collectively and individually, as well as its relationship with the Superintendent.
From these conversations, I understand how the District operates to educate all of our children, and the objectivity a Board member must possess to work towards a consensus. I believe that my knowledge is evident in my Journal News’ interview, my online answers on The Journal News’ website, and at www.smartvoter.org/vote/wolland.
Our District needs to continue to pursue other avenues of revenue besides the residents of Croton. And, until other revenue sources are found, the District must investigate ways to cut costs, which will have a long-term impact, such as increasing shared services and purchasing with other school districts. We must economize our programs to enhance the quality of our education, rather than diminish it. We need to work with other school districts to convince the state legislature to modify or revoke some of the regulations and unfunded mandates that economically choke our District. While some of my opponents have suggested pay freezes, this would only be a short-term solution.
While grants are a wonderful way to fund a short-term project, they are not the magical solution because they will not provide our District a steady source of revenue. Based on my own research, this District has applied for and received grants in the past (e.g., Hudson River, New Babies Program), and is currently applying for a grant related to drug and alcohol prevention. Finally, while the idea of applying for grant money may seem like a good idea, our District - like it or not - is viewed as a wealthy district, when compared to other districts throughout the state and country. And, many corporations and organizations, that have provided grant money in the past, are also feeling a financial strain. Thus, grants may not come our way easily.
I promise that I will work hard to make sure that our children continue to receive the challenging, well-rounded education that they deserve. I want the best for all of our children. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 271-7595, if you would like to speak with me. I hope I can count on your support on May 19th.
Lisa Wolland, Croton-on-Hudson