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  • Palmyra-Macedon election information

  • Voters will be asked to choose three school board members, vote on the budget and a land purchase.

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  • Renee Snyder Herrmann
    33
    Stay at home mom and housewife
    Education:
    1995 Pal-Mac Graduate
    1998 Graduate of FLCC with an AAS in retail business management and AAS in criminal justice
     
    Questions:
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    As a school board member our first and only obligation is to the students and giving them the best education possible. However, as citizens of this community we need to achieve that education in a fiscally responsible manner.  That may mean looking “outside the box” at how we deliver education. 
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    Things that make me uniquely qualified are first and foremost my three children.  Then comes the fact that I am a taxpayer, and the daughter of a tax payer, so I have a vested interest both financially and emotionally.  Finally I am also a Pal-Mac graduate.
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
    School and community partnerships.  It takes a village to raise a child and we have not only two villages, but two towns.  I think we are on a great path started with the District PTSO. Now we need to involve members of the other municipalities.
     
    Tim Ludwig
    46
    Chef
    Culinary training at BOCES
    1981 Pal-Mac Graduate
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    It's very important that we build on the programs we've brought into the district, like the AP programs. We also need to keep growing the area of technology. We need to also look at the programs that may be under utilized to curb these programs or potentially cut them if necessary.
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
     I've lived in the district the majority of my life. I've volunteered in the district and learned a lot about the district as a result. I have an understanding of business from working in the culinary industry. Being involved in the youth football program I've been in contact with a lot of people and have been able to hear their concerns.
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
    One of the biggest issues is really the financial aspects. One of the things we need to do is to work with the town and village municipalities to bring growth into the district. This will increase tax revenue and help to fund future projects within the district.
    Page 2 of 3 - Beth Grier-Leva
    43
    Director of the Regional Early Childhood Direction Center at Monroe BOCES No. 1
    Bachelor’s degree from Keuka College, master’s degree from Syracuse University, school district administrative certificate from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    School district can have both by researching and utilizing grants which through public and private entities. School districts must share educational programs and resources with other districts. It Is also the school and community’s responsibility to become strong advocates through active lobbying for changes within state government.
     
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    I have worked in education for 14 years within various employment positions from preschool through middle school, providing technical assistance to district personnel and providing training to parents that increases understanding of educational needs and the educational system. I have working knowledge of education regulation, budget process and teacher relations.
     
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
     Not having a 100 percent graduation rate. This can be resolved through collaborative effort between administration, teachers, parents and the community to support early Identification of students at risk, recognizing obstacles for students either unable to learn in their school environment or who have obstacles outside the school environment.
    Don Miller, Jr.
    42
    Superintendent project manager for Great Lakes Sheet MetalPalmyra-Macedon High School graduate
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    The students are the ones that are going to suffer the most from the economic downturn. As a board member I'd have to do more research to make sure they're not greatly affected by this economic downturn.
     
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    I think I'm very energetic. As the clerk of the works for the capital improvement projects, I learned a lot about the school district and I have a lot of research to do as a board member. As an active member of the community, I'm always visible.
     
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
    Preparing kids for college. I think the district offers many programs that are free to the students. I'd like to reach out to the students and educate them on the programs the district offers to help prepare them for college and to help them with the transition to college.
    Page 3 of 3 - Heather Harvey
    37
    Medicaid service coordinator
    B.A. in sociology, SUNY Geneseo; enrolled at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va., for a master’s in special education.
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    As a school district, along with the administration and the board, we need to be very creative and think outside the box. We need to look at programs that won’t hurt the kids. We have to look at the big picture — where it’s not affecting the most kids.
     
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    I feel that I bring diversity to the board. My education and what I do within the community also play a part. I’m a parent who cares about all of the children and staff within the district.
     
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
     
     
    I think that the biggest issue is that we need to have better communication between the district and all community members. I think there should be a newsletter.
    Elaine Hartnagel
    70
    Business owner
    Six-year Board of Education incumbent, high school diploma, FLCC criminal justice certification program graduate, Girl Scout Leader, former Red Cross, volunteer ambulance member and first aid/CPR instructor.
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    One thing we have to do is find more ways to collaborate with other school districts and BOCES to make things better. We need to find ways to share services, because all districts are facing the same things right now.
     
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    I’ve made a point of being an advocate for children. I’ve had children, and now grandchildren, going through the district. I’ve seen what they need to have to succeed. That’s kind of why I’m there — to see that all children get what they need.
     
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
    Being technologically current all the time is a constant struggle because of budget constraints. But if we don’t keep up with the changes, we’re lost.
     
     
     

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