CHAMPLAIN — Three candidates are running for two seats on the Northeastern Clinton Central School Board.
The person who receives the most votes will win a five-year term, while the one who garners the second-most votes will win the two-year, unexpired term of Donna Boumil.
Seeking seats are incumbent Linda Gonyo-Horne, Rena Bosley and Ann Leduc.
Here are the candidates’ responses to questions posed by the Press-Republican:
How would you balance the financial needs of the taxpayers with the educational needs of the students?
Bosley: “You have to look at the past and compare other communities. You can go to the OSC (Office of the State Comptroller) website and get comparisons and histories, plus people voice their concerns.
Gonyo-Horne: “I strongly believe the education of our children is the future of our community and our nation. It’s very difficult because I understand people have a huge tax burden as it is in this state, but it’s very necessary to be sure our children are prepared for the future and that our country is ready for the future. It’s definitely a juggling act, and it’s getting harder with the pressures the state is putting on.
“As rural schools, we’re not getting our fair share of the state budget, and we need to keep raising our voices and doing what we can to make sure the Legislature knows we’re here. The children of New York state are the children of New York state, and the zip code they have should not dictate the kind of education they get, and at this point in time that is what’s happening. Where a child lives determines what quality of education they get and that cannot continue to happen.
As well, she said, “the elimination of the GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment) is vital to the economic health of our rural schools.