OSSINING, N.Y. Three candidates are running for two spots on the Ossining Union Free School District Board of Education in the May 15 election.
Newcomer Sharon Abreau and incumbents Dana Levenberg and Kimberly Case recently took questions at Ossining High School in a session that served to introduce the candidates prior to the election . Voters also will be asked to approve the school district's 2012-13 budget.
The Daily Ossining asked each candidate to fill out a questionnaire and some basic information. Below are Abreau's unedited answers.
Name: Sharon Abreau Age: 44 Occupation: Stay at home mom Family status: My husband Richie and our 2 wonderful sons Joey (16) a junior at OHS, and Nicky (12) a sixth grader at AMD... Years lived in Ossining: Over 40 years, I was born and raised here!
1. What qualifies you to be a school board member?
Abreau: I was employed at Frank Chevrolet in Sleepy Hollow for 19 years I did a variety of jobs in the daily accounting, as well as a DMV Title Clerk, I chose to leave my job and stay home with my sons and raise them. I run my household finances as well as raise our two sons. We helped raise money for the Ossining Ice Hockey program to give the kids extra ice time practices.
2. What would you like to accomplish if elected?
Abreau: To be a balance between the community, board and the budget and most of all make sure the children are not losing out on anything because they are what our schools are for and about.
3. If something had to be cut from the budget to meet the state tax cap, what would you cut?
Abreau: We as the Board of Ed would have to go back to the administrators of each school and see where they could possibly cut their budget again without directly affecting the children.
4. What are the three biggest issues facing the school today?
Abreau: 1. Bullying 2. Communication between the community and the schools 3. The achievement gap
5. If elected, what would you do about those issues?
Abreau: Educate the children on how bullying affects other children and why it isnt right. Open up a better line of communication between the Board of Education and the Ossining community that cant make the meetings. Find new creative ways to close he achievement gap, we have so many children learning on different levels, we need to concentrate on the ones that are at a lower, while still maintaining the higher levels.
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