Dear Sachem Family,
I have represented you on the Sachem Board of Education since 2008. I am currently seeking re-election and am writing you to share a little bit about myself and some of the contributions that I have made to our community in my time as trustee.
I have lived in the Sachem community for 23 years now and I am the proud mother of three beautiful children. Courtney 25, a 2003 graduate, Joseph 20, graduated in 2009 and is a student at LeMoyne College in Syracuse and Nicholas 15, is a freshman at H.S. North.
As a retired New York City Police Sergeant, I believe a safe learning environment is a key to our children’s growth. Since 2008, I have been a chairperson on Sachems A.W.A.R.E. committee. A.W.A.R.E. is a multi-organizational committee dedicated to parent / student education and awareness of the drug epidemic, specifically, heroine and its devastating and deadly effects. From a “Parent Academy” to student programs and narcotic detecting dogs, together with Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County Youth Services, medical professionals and elected officials, I have dedicated myself to ensuring the safety of our children and drug free schools.
We may not have the ability to control what our children are exposed to outside of school but we certainly can control what they are exposed to in our schools. I am also a member of SAVE (students against violence in education) committee, Sachems EAP (employee assistance program) planning committee and the local and state school board association, NSSBA and NYSSBA.
I have and will continue to champion for the safest learning environment for our children. I am proud to be part of an administration that has put forth programs that have resulted in our ELA scores climbing to an all time high and graduation rates soaring past 90%. We have more scholar athlete teams then ever and our music and arts programs are being recognized state and even nation wide. There are so many new and exciting educational opportunities left to explore and I look forward to the challenge of taking part in molding our future.
I have never made false promises or claimed to have the ability to change our entire system. School boards and elected officials from all over the state and even our own legislative committee have and will continue to lobby for mandate relief. This is not a new issue in New York State, nor is it a battle that isn’t presently being fought. It is a battle that we should continue to fight, but do not allow yourself to be misled, it never has been and never will be overlooked. We have a dedicated legislative committee here in Sachem made up of some wonderful people. They have and will continue to lobby for our community.
After we received the news of a $16 million cut to our state aid, teachers and residents took a trip to Albany to lobby for more money for our school. After that showing, Albany returned an additional $2.5 million to our school. I have and will continue to fight to use that money to keep our teachers in their classrooms and our programs in tact. With your vote, I can continue to represent you with fiscal responsibility and with my experience, provide a safe and quality education for our children.
We are facing economic uncertainty. Now is not a time for change, nor is it a time for empty promises. Now is a time for consistency and experience to keep our community strong! I have and will continue to fight to keep our programs in tact and our teachers in our classrooms.
I have and will continue to represent you with HONESTY, INTEGRITY and an UNBIASED VOICE for our entire community