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In Their Own Words ... Christine Lampitelli

School board candidates write about future, possible election.

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

Sincerely,

Christine Lampitelli

Richard B May 16, 2011 at 03:08 PM
It is good to see some of the things you have done in black and white, so to speak. Good luck tomorrow, hopefully the rain drops don't scare away the voters.
laura slattery May 16, 2011 at 04:55 PM
You have done a great job for the past 3 years on the BOE. Your dedication and genuine concern for the children in our community is greatly appreciated. Good Luck tomorrow, Sachem will benefit with your knowledge and experience on the Board in the tough times ahead.
Linda May 16, 2011 at 07:58 PM
You've been an asset to the Sachem community and it's kids for three years! We all need to get out tomorrow and vote to make sure Sachem keeps this asset!
K Junge May 16, 2011 at 09:42 PM
We all need to have your experience and hard work continue on in Sachem. We must stay a united front as we work our way through this economic challenge. I have three children in the district and need you to be their voice through all the political agendas. We have strength and hope for our children and their education through your tireless work with the BOE. I certainly hope others see the importance of the knowledge and wisdom neccesary to complete this task.
Christine Lampitelli May 17, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Just get out today and vote. Wherever you stand or whoever you support, exercise your right that so many fought for. VOTE!
MJD0615 May 17, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Christine.... I am not voting for you because I find you to be unresponsive to the Sachem taxpayers. Case in point...I emailed you (and the other school board members) regarding my concerns about this budget. Whether you agreed with my point of view or not, I feel you should have had the professional courtesy to respond. You did not respond, so I cannot support your re-election bid.
Doulas May 17, 2011 at 04:44 PM
Please Christine has been the only board member that has been willing to take the time to answer questions. She has my vote and all of my friends. Hang tough Christine and remember next year we take Duncan OFF the board
Christine Lampitelli May 17, 2011 at 06:15 PM
To MJD0615, Regarding your comment, I did not respond to you because you letter was racist and offensive and did not deserve a response. All of our children deserve an education and whether of not they are illegal immigrants is up to the federal government. How do I know YOU wrote that letter? Because it is the only one I refused to answer. Thank you very much, but I do not want support from anyone that spews such hatred. Sincerely (and I mean that) Christine
Lauren Schuett May 17, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Well said Christine! HONESTY, HEART , OUR CHILDREN, EDUCATORS and COMMUNITY MEMBERS! That is what Christine stands for! Continuing with the best education of the children, support for the dedication of the teachers and the understanding of the tax payers! She has got it all and it would be a shame to loose someone so compassionate and honest in their beliefs
MJD0615 May 17, 2011 at 11:33 PM
Dear Christine... Neither agreeing nor disagreeing with someone's viewpoint should not be a prerequisite for answering a correspondence. Plus, I notice you made no mention of my suggestions about consolidating departments to save money by eliminating paid superintendents, deputy superintendents, assistant superintendents, and other high-paid administrators. How nice you finally responded!!!

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