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May 18, 2013

Two compete for one Saranac Central Board seat

SARANAC — Daniel Ashline-Beaudet Saranac seeks to unseat Saranac Central School Board incumbent Lori Saunders in Tuesday’s election.

Board President Tracy Allen-Waite is unopposed for her seat. 

The Press-Republican asked Ashline-Beaudet and Saunders two questions. Here’s what they had to say:

If elected to the School Board, what would you most like to accomplish?

Ashline-Beaudet: ”My major concern is keeping and maintaining quality teachers. My focus is how we can work with the state to make sure they have what they need to do their jobs.

“We all have concerns about taxes. I want to make sure we can get as much as we need from the state to pay for the schools.”

Saunders: “My biggest goal is to keep stability for the students so that they can reach their potential; that we get the funding that we need so the students and teachers have the tools that they need to achieve.”

In the face of changes in the core curriculum and other mandates, it’s essential that students continue to be at the heart of education, Saunders said, and good teachers ensure that’s possible.

“Although there’s a lot of changes ... a lot of things going on in education, (her goal is) that the teachers that we provide for (students) are the best qualified, most concerned about them and will do everything they can to help navigate students through all of these changes.”

Securing funding for the school is also important, she said.

“The biggest thing for me right now outside of the student piece is getting the funding, and it’s difficult to do that.”

How would you go about accomplishing your goal?

Ashline-Beaudet: “I know how to speak with people on a national level by networking with people through my union. I have no hidden agendas. I’m doing this to be a contributing member of the community.”

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