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Candidate profile: Matthew C. Mariglia, Lewiston-Porter school Board

Matthew-MarigliaSchool district: Lewiston-Porter

Age: 42

Town (current residence): Lewiston

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

District Technology Integration Specialist at Starpoint Central School District in Lockport, NY. Technology Integration Instructor - O/N BOCES Teacher Center Niagara Pioneer Soccer Club - House League Registrar & travel coach

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 14

Incumbent: No

Have you run for office before? No

Please tell us about yourself:

I am the proud father of a 7th grader at Lew-Port Middle School named Allison and husband to a wonderful wife named Kristine. Currently, I serve as a Technology Integration Specialist within the Starpoint Central School District. This position has afforded me the opportunity to work with all staff positions within a public school district. I have presented to my district's Board of Education on numerous occasions, worked directly in the planning & implementing of technology programs through the Smart Schools Bond Act, and worked with building/district level administrators in creating a cost-effective & well planned approach to digital, technology based education.

Please describe the top issues facing your school district and how you would address them as a school board member.:

The biggest issue facing the Lewiston Porter School District is dealing with a declining enrollment. As a school board member, I would be willing to consider any idea that would help to increase enrollment and allow Lewiston Porter students to continue to receive a sound education while providing services in a way that is cost effective and efficient. Continuing to keep Lew-Port off the list of fiscally stressed districts would be a priority of mine as well. Keeping all areas of a school district running as efficiently as possible can accomplish this goal.

Do you think public education in New York is headed in the right direction? No

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

There has been too much control of local school districts dependent upon the political whims of our state. Common Core is a perfect example of this. Many local school districts did not have much of a say in the implementation of this "unfunded mandate" and it put tremendous stress on parents, students & staff. The "opt out" response is an indication from parents as to their belief about the direction of public education in this state. I think the changes that are beginning to be made now in response to "opt out" is a step in the right direction.

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