We now have a relatively new board, new superintendent and new administrators. These new leaders have approved more affordable employee contracts, have entered into discussions about natural gas with NYSEG and the Public Service Commission, have delved into student academic performance and have developed class schedules and bus runs that are more efficient, serving the needs of our students while being more affordable to the taxpayers.
Our school now has a five-year budget plan in place. With the $10 million surplus long gone and approximately 60 fewer employees, our new administration has become very creative with all aspects of school management, making ends meet while still providing a quality education for our kids.
In a blink of an eye, all this progress could be gone. How? By returning the School Board to the days of wild spending with no financial or academic plan in place, where board members were part of the “Good ole Boy Club.”
Please say “no” to business as usual; say “no” to incumbent Board member Pauline Stone.
Instead please join me in supporting new blood, new ideas and continuing academic improvement and responsible spending by voting for Kenneth Maurer Sr. and Joseph Coakley. Both men are of high integrity and honesty, and both will do what is best for the students and for the taxpayers.
Please vote at the main building noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20.
If you need an absentee ballot, please contact the District Office at 563-8250.
TO THE EDITOR: The people in Peru School District will fill two seats on our School Board on May 20.
Four people vying for these two positions. It is our opinion that Bonnie Berry and Jill Folsom are the clear choice.
Bonnie Berry has experience in almost every facet of the Peru School District. She has remained current with educational issues and she has worked very hard to earn her solid reputation as an honest, dedicated professional in our community.