AU SABLE VALLEY — Two candidates are vying for a seat on the AuSable Valley Central School Board.
Newcomer Charles Potthast Jr. is challenging incumbent Susan Richards.
Here are their responses to questions posed by the Press-Republican:
If elected to the School Board, what would you most like to accomplish?
Potthast: “Taxes are always a big challenge, and state testing and new core curriculum are in their infancy. The district does a good job. I want to see what I can do to help.
“It is also important to realize that the average taxpayer can only absorb so much of the financial burden. I believe that spending can be reduced and taxes held to a minimum through proper management and asset utilization.”
Richards: “I think that my main goal as a School Board member is to make sure that we continue to provide a well-rounded education for the students. We’ve had a lot of issues with state cuts and funding. It’s made it very difficult for the School Board to provide everything that we currently offer.”
Students have varying interests and passions, whether it be music, art or science, Richards said.
“There are a lot of components of school that are so important.”
How would you go about accomplishing your goal?
Potthast: “I think I have a lot to offer with my leadership experience and financial background. I would listen to the community, the teachers and the administration and try to come to a balance.
“If elected, I will ask the questions, I will bring your concerns to the board and school administration, and I will hold people accountable. I will work hard for all the people in the AuSable Valley Central School District.”
Richards: Ensuring that students will have a well-rounded education is a matter of “really staying on top of the fiscal budget each year and really analyzing what is necessary and what isn’t.