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Candidate profile: Richard G. Schneider, Hamburg School Board

School district: Hamburg

Age: 53

Town (current residence): Hamburg

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

President/CEO of Home Assist Senior Care, Inc., a New York State home healthcare agency. Current member of the Hamburg School Board, Vice President Medaille College Alumni Board, Treasurer Hamburg Oktoberfest, volunteer paramedic for the Eden Emergency Squad, past president of the SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Parish Council.

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 23

Incumbent: Yes

If yes, how long have you served on the school board? 1

Have you run for office before? Yes

If yes, please list your election history:

Other than running for, and being elected to the Hamburg BOE last year, I do not have any other election history.

Please tell us about yourself:

Current member of the Hamburg School Board, Vice President Medaille College Alumni Board, Treasurer Hamburg Oktoberfest, volunteer paramedic for the Eden Emergency Squad, past president of the SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Parish Council. My wife Beth and I have three daughters. Jessica (22), student in doctoral physical therapy program at Daemen College and Heidi (20), student in music education at Fredonia State College and Erica (18), student in forensics and criminal justice at Hilbert College. (All graduated by Hamburg High School).

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

Obviously, budget cuts top the list of issues plaguing public schools over the past few years. The lack of proper funding eliminates educational programs, increases teacher layoffs and increases class sizes to name only a few concerns of a long list. The solution is awareness! We must continue to educate and motivate parents to join their district's PTA and become part of the collective voice we need to reinstate proper funding to public schools. Lawmakers, both local and in Albany, will the changes that the public demands.

Do you think public education in New York is headed in the right direction? Yes

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

There have been some small changes, specifically to testing and punish policies. While the governor's task force made the recommendation to put a four year provisional stop to the testing debacle, the damage has been done. Special thanks to the parents, educators, boards of education and local lawmaker for their time and passion to help the governor make decisions that are in the best interest of our kids. Small steps in the right direction, but the fight is far from over!

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