May 19, 2013

Two seats up on Keene School Board

By ALVIN REINER Press-Republican

---- — KEENE VALLEY — John Haverlick, Heather Odell and Ann Whitney, an incumbent, are on the ballot Tuesday, competing for two three-year seats on the Keene Central School Board.

James Marlatt, presently board president, chose not to run again.

Here are some of the candidates views on providing quality education while being mindful of the cost to taxpayers:

Odell: “As a mother of two young children, I care deeply about the future of public education. 

“My perspective for running for the board is to offer a diverse perspective in forming the district’s vision. I hope to bring a real sense of how state and district policy unfold in the classroom and to offer practical approaches in dealing with new mandates.

“I hope to share sensible cost-saving initiatives that maximize taxpayer dollars and resources. In order to maintain program integrity during uncertain times, it is vital to collaborate and communicate with all shareholders. 

“Our children deserve creative solutions that in no way compromise their love of learning and the right to benefit from good teaching practices. My goal is to accentuate the many positive attributes of our district while generating new ideas to strengthen its solid foundation.”

Whitney: “During the past six years, I have learned a great deal about KCS and the community that supports the school. We have faced several challenges and have resolved complex problems. 

“This school is a critical part of our community and my life. We have a vested interest in making KCS the best school possible.

“Our school, like many small rural schools, faces difficulties ranging from budgets to providing our students with a well-rounded education. 

“We have been proactive and have been consolidating services with neighboring districts. This enables us to keep our budget within the mandated tax cap without losing any staff or programs.”

Haverlick: “I want to help to create the best educational opportunities for the students in this community that we can achieve, while being mindful of our fiscal responsibilities. 

“I believe this can be accomplished by utilizing the educators, administrative staff, community and family resources that we have available. One of my roles as a KCS Board member is to enlist community support so that we may work as a team to support, inspire and challenge our students, educators, administration and coaches.” 

“I have been an avid learner all of my life and want to help students to develop their own way of becoming committed, excited and inspired learners.”

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JOHN J. HAVERLICK Age: 70. Education: Bachelor of Arts, Utica College; Master of Science in social work, Columbia University. Occupation: Licensed social worker; taught social work at graduate and post-graduate level. Military: U.S. Army 1st lieutenant, served in Korea; business owner; operated a bed-and-breakfast. Community service: Served on numerous state and local boards; NYS Families Together volunteer; coached kids sports teams; volunteer scorekeeper at KCS. Family: Wife, Debra Whitson; sons, Justin and Noah. HEATHER ODELL Age: 32. Education: Bachelor of Arts in French from SUNY Plattsburgh; Master of Arts in English education, St. Michael's College. Occupation: English-as-a-second-language teacher, Vermont; head French teacher, Lake Placid. Community service: Literacy Volunteers, Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Family: Husband, Chris Fey; son, Max, 2; daughter, Leila, 1. ANN WHITNEY Age: 45. Family: Husband, Reggie; daughters, Hanna and Emily. Education: Associate degree in hotel management, Champlain College. Occupation: Service manager, Adirondack Chevy, 22 years. Previous School Board experience: Keene Central School Board, two terms (six years). Community Service: Keene Youth Commission volunteer; Secretary and treasurer, Keene Volunteer Fire Department.