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May 14, 2014

School board hopefuls speak at forum

The six candidates running for three seats on the Oneonta City School District Board of Education had an opportunity to tell voters what is important to them at a League of Women Voters for the Oneonta Area forum on Monday.

About two dozen people attended the session was held in the large instruction room in the science wing at Oneonta High School. 

Voting on school board candidates, budget and propositions takes place May 20 from noon to 9 p.m. at the Foothills Performing Arts Center

Karen Brown and George Palladino were appointed during this school year to fill vacancies when two board members resigned. They are both on the ballot.

Darren Gaisford is running for a second term. The other candidates are Amy Burnsworth, Dan Buttermann, and Evelina Richardson.

The top two vote-getters will each serve for three year. The person coming in third will serve the two year balance of a term.

Each candidate had 5-10 minutes to present their qualifications and positions. 

The candidates spoke in alphabetical order. Brown is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta, where she has been the college’s director of admissions since 1999. Both of her children attended Center Street Elementary School.

“My career has been dedicated to higher education,” she said, but it has provided countless opportunities to work with students and staff in the area. This has helped her be familiar with the curriculum and enrichment opportunities, she said. She said she’s hoping to continue to be part of the process of continuing improvements. 

Burnsworth is an account executive with Time Warner Cable. She attended the city school district for many years, and her children were at Center Street school when it was closed in 2012.

“I recognize the importance of long-term strategic planning” and attention to budget, she said. The school board had already come a long way in developing more thoughtful planning. She would like to see that move forward and use its resources for all students.

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