Are you in favor of or opposed to the 2003-2004 budget and why?
I am in favor of the 2003-04 budget. As a public school system, we must
provide quality educational programs and services for all students
regardless of academic preparedness and socioeconomic status. The New York
State Education Department has provided a “one-size-fits-all”
standards-based curriculum that assumes that all students learn at the same
pace. I am a proponent of high standards for all. However, being a realist,
I know that we must meet students where they are - developmentally and
educationally - and then, provide academic services that will enable them to
meet and exceed the State’s educational standards. In lieu of adequate aid
to fund these State mandates, the District has identified ways to increase
student achievement while creatively maximizing its existing resources.
proposed budget will provide funding to restore Department Heads at the
secondary level, upgrading facilities to meet safety codes, increase
professional development opportunities, purchase textbooks, improve
educational services for students with disabilities, and upgrade technology.
are you running for the school board?
As a Freeport Public
Schools graduate (Columbus,
Archer Street, Atkinson, Dodd, and
FHS), I know that we have dedicated teachers, administrators, and staff. I
know that everyone wants the students to succeed. While there may be some
disagreement on how to increase student achievement, there is no doubt that
residents care about their community.
seeking re-election because I believe we need continuity and stability on
the Freeport School Board and within the school district. Currently, the
District is implementing the Superintendent’s restructuring plans that will
directly impact student performance. I believe that my presence and input
provides a “voice” to residents interested in returning
’s public school system to prominence. With two teenagers who attend
J. W. Dodd
, I know how important parental involvement is in a child’s education. I
look forward to continued work with the Freeport PTA Council and various
external groups to promote collaborative community outreach to promote and
enhance student learning.
Are you in favor of or opposed to the proposition increasing the
number of Board members to nine and why?
not in favor of increasing the number of Board members to nine. It is very
difficult to find consensus with five Board members. Adding four more
members would make an already challenging position more difficult.
What is the most important issue facing the District?
most important issue facing the District is finding creative ways to improve
student achievement with limited funding.