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Candidate profile: Kate A. Newton, West Seneca School Board

Kate-NewtonSchool district: West Seneca

Age: 48

Town (current residence): West Seneca

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I graduated from Hilbert College and I am employed full time with a real estate title company. I am an active parishioner of Queen of Heaven RC Church and I am also involved with Lukey's Legacy Foundation that raises awareness of myocarditis. Our fundraisers enable us to provide local scholarships. I will continue to remain very involved in the school community to make our District strong and provide our kids with the best possible education. I am a member of the Parent Teacher Group, Sportsboosters. My dedication and passion is dynamic and I want to continue for another three years.

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

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:

2013 West Seneca School Board Elections - won a three (3) term.

Please tell us about yourself:

My husband and I have made West Seneca our hometown for the last 14 years. Our son is a sophomore at West Senior. I am a very active Board Trustee when I am not at our school events, I am on several committees: Public Relations, District Parent Council, Audit, Buildings and Grounds, as well as a Member at Large on the Executive Board with Erie County School Board Association. I still believe our district strives to put our children first and I hope to continue with my voice to show a strong parent perspective. I would like your vote.

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

I see one of our top issues is the lack of restored and future funding. The State's budget has been operating in a surplus while the tax burden was shifted to Taxpayers. The shift needs to be reverted back to allow Taxpayers and Districts to be relieved our deficiencies. The additional funding from the State would provide ample opportunity of elective classes for our students. Then a new model of the standardized tests should work for the kids not against them. We need to reduce "teaching to the test" and results should be provided sooner to diagnosis strengths and weakness.

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

Not in the current trend. We seemed to have veered off course. The lawmakers are thinking of adult wants not children needs. I believe with the right input NYS would be back on track. The results of the Math and ELA scores have declined significantly since the implementation of Common Core. The true stakeholders (Educators and Parents) need to have bigger role in the formatting and implementation of curriculum programs, rather than corporate America. Full funding needs to be restored to the Districts where the State Aid would be 2/3 and Taxpayers would be responsible for only a 1/3 input.

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