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Candidate profile: Laura J. Heeter,Hamburg School Board

laura-heeterSchool district: Hamburg

Age: 46

Town (current residence): Hamburg

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

Current member of Hamburg School Board

Employer: Randolph Academy Behavioral Support Member of Parent Child Connection, PTSA, St. Bernadette Parish

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 25

Incumbent: Yes

If yes, how long have you served on the school board? 3

Have you run for office before?  Yes

If yes, please list your election history:

I ran for school board in 2010 and lost. I ran again in 2013 and won a seat.

Please tell us about yourself:

I grew up in Hamburg and attended Hamburg Central. I earned a B.S. in Education. I am a parent of 6 children, 2 of whom have graduated. Emily is in the Dietetics program at Buff. State and Samuel is in Math Education at Geneseo. Hamburg is a district that prides itself on ensuring that all types of students get the education they deserve. As the mother of a special needs daughter, I am passionate about Special Education. I work in an alternative school and love and care for my students deeply.

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

The incredible loss of funding that public schools have had to endure is heartbreaking. We have advocated on all levels to try and secure more monies for our district.

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

I feel that parents and educators have united in advocacy for our schools and students. Uniting has put pressure on NYS and I am cautiously optimistic that change in funding and in mandates are on the horizon.

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