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Candidate profile: Kristina E. Miller, North Collins School Board

Kristina-MillerSchool district: North Collins

Age: 39

Town (current residence): North Collins

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I enjoy a wonderful career at M&T Bank for the past 18 years and counting. In addition to that, I am an active PTA member at North Collins Elementary School. I am on the PTA Executive Board as Recording Secretary and moving into the Treasurer Position next school year. I coordinate a Community Closet event that helps families within the community by offering them free clothing two times per year. I have been a member of the North Collins Volunteer Fire Company for many years and was honored to receive the Member of the Year award in 2016.

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 12

Incumbent: No

Have you run for office before? No

Please tell us about yourself:

My husband Brent and I have three beautiful children, Zander who is 9 years old, and twins Mickilina and Maddox who are 7 years old. I am originally from Olean NY and we have lived in North Collins for about 12 years. I attended St. Bonaventure University where I received my bachelor's degree in Finance and MBA degree. In our free time we enjoy camping with our group of close friends.

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

I believe that one of the top issues facing our school district is how to preserve our programs and services without added taxpayer contributions. It is imperative that we invest in our students and our staff so we can make our school district the best it can be. It is always a hard task to balance the needs of our taxpayers and our children at the same time. I believe that my finance background coupled with my parental concerns would be a great asset as we explore all options and opportunities for our school 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 headed in the right direction, as seen by the recent agreed upon state education budget in New York State. While public education is far from perfect, with the right steps being made, we can work together to make it better every day. It is important for parents and educators to advocate together for the needs of all students. I welcome the opportunity to advocate for ALL children and make a difference.

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