ELLENBURG — Four candidates are running for two five-year seats on the Northern Adirondack Central School Board.
Richard Harriman Sr. and Ronald Tomo are incumbents, challenged by Michael LaBombard and Walter R. Trombley.
The Press-Republican posed questions to each of the candidates.
How would you balance the fiscal concerns of taxpayers with the educational needs of students?
Harriman: “It’s a very difficult balance.”
The district, he said, is restricted by the tax cap and limited state funding.
“My basic agenda is to give our students the very best education we possibly can between what our state will give us and what our residents can afford.”
He said he would like to come up with funding for more educational technology for students, which he feels is important.
“We need it badly.”
He noted that he has not missed a board meeting in five years and has served on multiple district committees.
LaBombard: “The needs of students must come first.
“As a taxpayer in our district, I know the financial burden of rising taxes. I would look closely at the budget, decide what is needed and what is not.
“With controlled spending, applying for grants and any other possible resources, I believe we could find a balance.”
Tomo: Balance is always difficult, he said, because the district needs to provide the best education it can without overburdening taxpayers.
NAC tries to maintain necessary programs, Tomo said, while also making an effort to continue offering signature programs, like FFA and driver’s education.
“But we have to do the best we can with the money we’re given.”
Trombley: “I would try to balance the fiscal concerns of taxpayers by trying to encourage more environmentally friendly businesses to come into our community to preserve the heritage of our School District.
“Some examples of this would be encouraging residential and commercial solar power.”