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May 17, 2014

Four vie for seats on Willsboro School Board

WILLSBORO — Lisa Cumm, Jennifer Jacques, Herb Longware and John “Jack” Thompson are vying for two three-year positions on the Willsboro School Board.

Incumbents Craig Jackson and Jon Steeves opted not to seek re-election. 

The Press-Republican asked the candidates in the contested races why they want to serve on the board.

Cumm: “I have ideas, and even if I am not elected I will bring them to the board. I have a lot of experience in fiscal matters and feel I can help in that way. I want to be a voice for the people.”

Jacques: “I decided to run as I have three young children in the district and want to ensure that my children and all children are getting all they deserve in education.

“I think there are a lot of demands with the Common Core curriculum that are put on families, students, teachers and administration. I think some of the requirements came too fast and without the funding. Change is always good, but we need time to research and develop the Common Core.”

Longware: “I wanted to come back to the North Country and do what I could to make this a better experience for everybody. I feel the students are the No. 1 priority. I have a strong technology background and want to bring this experience of mine to the school. I would also like to improve student school/life skills such as time management, homework tips and effective study techniques.”

Thompson: “I believe there are a lot of issues that small districts will have to address, and I want to be involved in the process. I believe my teaching background will help to protect students, and my business experiences will help the taxpayers.”

What do you hope to accomplish if you are elected?

Cumm: “I want to see stiffer guidelines for bullying, especially cyber bullying. I want to do what is possible to ensure teamwork with teachers. I have experience with the CSEA in negotiating, which would be helpful in coming to an agreement that is fair to both parties. If you work hard, you can get it done.

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