May 17, 2013

Five seek City School Board seats

PLATTSBURGH — Five people are looking to fill two seats on the Plattsburgh City School Board.

The candidates are Kathie Cameron-Murray, Walter Chmura, Robert Dolan, incumbent Amelia Goerlitz and Ronald Marino.

The Press-Republican asked each of the candidates what they would most like to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing those goals.


Cameron-Murray noted that she has worked in human resources for more than 20 years and “would most like to accomplish stronger communication throughout the district (with the) staff, board and community and to guide and support the district forward with the impacts of the new Affordable Care Act and benefits in general. I have found that many people do not understand all of the underlying issues associated with health care in the United States, especially with all of the new legislation.

“With my experience in human resources, I would accomplish this by fostering open and clear communication,” she said. “I have several years experience in employee-management relations and would like to offer that expertise to the community by fostering a more collaborative and innovative work environment, where all sides work together to create a new environment that improves education for our children and prepares them for the ever-changing work requirements of business and industry.”


Chmura would like to bring board discussions and resolutions into the open by applying the Open Meetings Law, and to “involve input from the public, employees and even students; work toward stabilizing the budget process by introducing clear, short- and long-range planning; and process the financial picture, so all can see exactly how solvent the district is and how sustaining liabilities in the future is a concern for everyone.

“I have tried to accomplish the above goals by attending board meetings and doing research on the district programs, finances, and commitments,” he said.

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