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 with some basic information. Below are Cases unedited answers.
Name: Kimberly Case ?Age: 41 ?Occupation: Professor of High Education ?Family status: Married to Corey, son Aidan (11), daughter Maeve (8) ?Years lived in Ossining: 10 years
1. What qualifies you to be a school board member?
Case: Ive been a member of the Board of Education for the Ossining school district for the past three years. I have been an active member of the PTA since my children entered school and have served as the Membership chair and T-Shirt Coordinator. In addition, I am a Boy Scout Den Leader and a Catechist at St. Anns Church.
2. What would you like to accomplish if re-elected?
Case: If re-elected I will continue to advocate for mandate relief from the state and federal governments by writing letters to our assembly and congress in additional to traveling to Albany to lobby for relief. I will continue to look for ways to save money while keeping class size and educational programs in place.
3. What do you feel you've been able to accomplish in your time on the?board?
Case: During my time on the board I have supported specific initiatives with regard to school district finances including the passing of a bond to support our aging infrastructure, the passing of three budgets while maintaining the lowest budget to budget increases, supporting the development of a 5 years financial plan, the elimination of several administrators, the hiring of a new business official who cut significant costs that did not affect the classroom, and the passing of the EXCEL bond allowing for capital improvements with money provided to us from the state government.
4. If something had to be cut from the budget to meet the state tax cap, what?would you cut?
Case: I would be forced to cut across the board so that all interest groups were treated fairly.
5. What are the three biggest issues facing the school today?
Case: The three biggest issues facing the school today are the increasing number of state and national unfunded mandates, continued decreases in state aid, and increasing pension costs.
6. If re-elected, what would you do about those issues?
Case: If re-elected I will again lobby for mandate relief in areas that do not have a positive impact on our kids, teachers, staff and community. I will educate myself on all issues that affect these particular areas and work with my fellow board colleagues to devise a sound plan of action to combat those particular burdens.