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Candidate profile: Elizabeth J. Casey, Springville-Griffith School Board

Elizabeth-CaseySchool district: Springville-Griffith Institute

Age: 37

Town (current residence): Colden

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I am a parent of two children in the district. Currently, I am employed as a Special Education Secretary for Erie 2 BOCES. I am a Colden PTA member and I currently volunteer at the school, for my son's Boy Scout troop, and for Springville Waves Aquatic Team. I help out where ever I am needed.

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 15

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:

I ran for one of three open seats on the Springville-GI board last year. I came in third place and won the one year term.

Please tell us about yourself:

I am a Holland Central School and Paul Smith's College Graduate. I worked hard in school remaining on the honor roll. I was a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, graduating with distinction and on the Dean's List in college. I am now an involved parent. Naturally I want what is best for the children. I volunteer in all the activities my children are doing. I care about the district and making it better. I have 6 years experience working in school districts and I have an expanding knowledge of how they operate.

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

The top issues we face as a district right now is the need for a capital project to fix the aging infrastructure of our buildings. We put a project out to vote in December and the public voted it down. We have learned from this and hope to get a revised project out to the public to vote as soon as possible. We are also affected, like many other districts, by the opt out movement. We need to continue advocating for fair testing reform to be able to get back to being able to use the data to best serve the needs of the 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 think public education is better than it was a year ago but change is not coming fast enough. Public education is still not equally funded, Changes were made to the testing but it still hasn't satisfied the opt out challengers. The GEA was eliminated this year, and there continues to be unfunded state mandates.

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