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Candidate profile: Carmelette M. Rotella, Niagara Falls School Board

carmelette-RotellaSchool district: Niagara Falls

Age: 68

Town (current residence): Niagara Falls

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I retired after more than 30 years as a teacher and school counselor in Niagara Falls. During my years of community service, I have served on the Niagara Falls Housing Authority and as the Orleans-Niagara BOCES Representative, where my experience as school counselor at Trott Vocational High School, gave me first hand knowledge of vocational education. I was an active participant in the Teachers Union serving as president, vice president and as an executive council member. I am a graduate of Leadership Niagara. I currently serve as NF Board of Education Vice President and have served as President. I have been a lifelong advocate for children and their families as can be seen in my work.

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 65

Incumbent: Yes

If yes, how long have you served on the school board? 13

Have you run for office before? Yes

If yes, please list your election history:

Only for the Niagara Falls Board of Education.

Please tell us about yourself.:

As a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, I am dedicated to the community and the school district. I am seeking re-election because I believe it is essential to provide a quality education for our children. My education related qualifications exceed those of any other candidate. As a former educator, I am well versed in state mandates, higher academic standards, testing, graduation requirements, and the challenges facing our students. As a board member I have lobbied both local, state, and federal officials on issues and funding. I have participated in board planning concerning new construction, finance, program, personnel, and technology. I have been a conscientious, committed member of the NF Board of Education.

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

Striking a balance between fiscal responsibility and meeting the educational needs of students is the overriding issue. It is a social issue that requires all policy makers to realize that we must make education a priority. My role is to coordinate with those on the state and federal level to obtain appropriate funding. Another challenge is adapting to a world that is ever changing in technology and globalization. While we have added STEM labs, improved technology and infrastructure, the advances in these areas continue at warped speed. I will ensure that we continue to offer our students the tools and skills they will need to compete worldwide.

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

This year's state budge included an increase in state aid, new funding to expand prekindergarten, and funding for community schools. Furthermore, the Board of Regents has put together a work group to review state testing--fixing the problems with the standards, curriculum, assessments, and evaluations. Committees will include educators, national experts and parents. State tests must give reliable, diagnostic data to teachers, be developmentally appropriate, and have reading levels at grade level among other things. In order for our students to be successful we must all work together to give them the tools to accomplish this.

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