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.”
Ashline-Beaudet said it would be a challenge to balance the fiscal concerns of taxpayers and the education needs of students. He said he will “Make sure the people’s assessment of their taxes is appropriate and that we all get the money we are entitled to get from the state to pay for schools.”
Saunders: “We try to hire the best people, see that they have as much professional development as we can get for them.”
Saunders said the Saranac School community values and supports education.
Lobbying state officials whenever possible is an important piece of securing funding for the school, as is working toward a release from unfunded state mandates, she continued.
Education not only of students but the community helps residents understand the school’s challenges.
“We went through a lot of time explaining the 2 percent tax cap, how that works.”
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DANIEL ASHLINE-BEAUDET Age: 51. Education: Associate degree in radiologic technology; three years of college; Beekmantown High School alum. Occupation: Nuclear medicine at CVPH Medical Center. Civic organizations: President of Service Employees International Union at CVPH. Military service: U.S. Air Force, 1979-1985; Army National Guard, 1985-1986. Family: Wife and three children, ages 6, 12 and 16. LORI SAUNDERS Age: 57. Education: Associate degree in arts and humanities from Clinton Community College, 1975; Saranac Central School, 1973. Occupation: Homemaker; retired secretary for the U.S. Department of Defense in North Carolina and Kentucky. Previous School Board experience: More than 10 years on School Board, current vice president. Civic organizations: Child care for granddaughter; previous Girl Scouts leader; former member of Parent Teacher Association; former Booster Club member. Family: Husband, Terry, 58; two adult children, Stacey, 33, and Caitlin, 27.