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Candidate profile: Colleen M. Osborn, North Tonawanda School Board

Colleen-OsbornSchool district: North Tonawanda

Age: 41

Town (current residence): North Tonawanda

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I am the Director of Home Care Operations for Schofield Education Alfred State Retail Business Management/Marketing- Associates ECC Medical Assistant-Associates NCCC-RN-Associates Daemen-BSN Nursing-MSN Nursing Education Graduation expected 2016 My community Service 5 Years North Tonawanda School Board SPCA Paws for Love Therapy Dog Program 2010 North Tonawanda Football hall of Fame Member 2010-present Niagara County Nursing Advisory Board 2013-present CASE Niagara_Co-Chair 2014-present Niagara Orleans BOCES Board Member-elected April 2016 Young Life North Tonawanda- Volunteer RN Volunteer Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue- 2016

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 13

Incumbent: Yes

If yes, how long have you served on the school board? 5

Have you run for office before?  Yes

If yes, please list your election history:

Two successful runs for the school board in North Tonawanda consecutively.

Please tell us about yourself.:

I am a registered nurse who works and serves both Erie and Niagara Counties. I have been married 20 years to Alan and have 4 children, Ryan age 19, Doug age 19, Allison age 18, and Timothy age 13. I am passionate about my community and try to serve it in any way possible. In my spare time I volunteer for Young Life, Camp Good Days, for the North Tonawanda Football Hall of Fame, Erie and Niagara Hospice. I am driven to make a positive difference in the world around me everyday I am here.

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

As we all know funding is an issue, changes in the GEA and formula to fund school districts is not favorable to the Western NY Region. It needs to be re-evaluated and re-worked to reflect fair distribution throughout NY. Teachers evaluations and State testing also needs attention.

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less.:

Yes and No, there are ideas that could have a good result on education but they come in the form of directives from the state with no additional funding so often they are fragmented and the true meaning is lost. Without the means to implement mandates it burden's the tax payer and the already stressed staff to try to find ways to accomplish the task but in the process takes away from the education, the reason we are all here. By the time the idea is put through the paces it lost half of its worth effectiveness.

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