The Shenendehowa Central School District recently experienced a record voter turnout. A similar turnout May 16 leading to passage of the school budget would be phenomenal. The proposed budget provides for the continuation of programs and services with enhanced offerings, and efforts to address student needs. May 16, residents also choose two members for the Board of Education.
The two people currently holding the seats were on opposite sides of the recent land issue. If both where running again, I would vote for both of them, regardless of their position on the land, because both have been outstanding public servants focused on what is best educationally for children. The land issue is not a litmus test. They have served well as part of a representative body. Bill Casey, who is running for re-election, will get my vote.
I don’t know the new candidates. However, I will be looking for a thoughtful person, one who has demonstrated an ongoing interest in the schools, and one whose present knowledge is sufficient to build upon for the many issues that will soon confront them as a newly elected board member.
I won’t be able to vote for a candidate whose focus is on a single issue or demonstrates a distorted understanding of how the board operates and its focus.
Let your votes May 16 reflect the value you place on the education of children, not on unrelated issues. Let your vote reflect a thoughtful process directed toward the good of all students.
The writer is a Shenendehowa school board member.