MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- School board elections are coming up on May 21, and The Daily Voice wants to highlight candidates running throughout Mount Pleasant school districts.
Check back as Election Day draws closer to see more candidate questionnaires.
Theresa Fowler, a former School Board President, is running unopposed for one of two seats on the Mount Pleasant Board of Education. Incumbent Christopher Pinchiaroli is running for the other open seat.
Fowler has been a Hawthorne resident for the past 48 years. Her husband is a retired Mount Pleasant police officer, and her two daughters graduated from Mount Pleasant schools.
What qualifies you to be a school board member?
Civic and board experience includes the Mount Pleasant Board of Education from 2009-2012, with terms as President (2011-12) and Vice President (2010-11). Member of the Audit Committee from 2009-2013, the Citizens Budget Committee from 2012-13, the Elementary PTA Bus Committee from 2012-13 and the Westlake Athletic Club since 2009. A founding member of the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Community Advisory and the Holy Rosary Bazaar.
What are the three biggest issues facing the school district today?
The three biggest challenges facing the Mount Pleasant Central School District: the two percent tax cap, unfunded mandates and collective bargaining contracts.
I worked and will continue to work with my fellow board members and our superintendent to foster our school district’s financial security, and to set standards so our children could meet the challenges set forth by the New York State mandated Common Core Curriculum. We achieved financial security through out budgetary process, taking into account the needs of all the constituents of our community. Contracts have to be fair and equitable for all the parties involved and the lines of communication should remain open.
What do I advocate for?
My number one priority as a Board of Education member will continue to be ensuring that our school district is focused on educating all students and having them reach their full potential.
I love this community and I have raised my family here. I believe in the power of public education. I want to make a difference in the lives of our children.
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