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Candidate profile: Diane M. Quarantello, Niagara Falls School District

School district: Niagara Falls

Age: 58

Town (current residence): Niagara Falls

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I have been employed at the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club for 27 years, currently as Director of Program Quality. While serving the community, I have formed strong relationships with the United Way of Greater Niagara, Niagara Falls City Police Department, former Big Brothers Big Sisters, now Youth Mentoring Services, and many others.

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 58

Incumbent: No

Have you run for office before? No

Please tell us about yourself:

The daughter of Bernardino and Helen Quarantello, my 4 siblings and I were born and raised in the City of Niagara Falls, and attended all Niagara Falls City Schools from elementary through Senior High. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from State University in 1979. For the last 37 years I have been an advocate, working with and for the children and families of Niagara Falls. Along with ensuring a network of positive role models is available for all youth and families, I have served on the Healthy Niagara Committee for the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, and was in the Leadership Niagara graduating class of 1986. Growth can only be achieved through a true partnership.

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

In my opinion one of the largest issues faced in Niagara Falls, is the communication between the School District and the members of the Community. It is important to bridge the gap that has been formed within the City, and allow families to gain the knowledge of the resources that are available to them.

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

I believe public education is headed in the right direction. Public education has an amazing organization that supports the children, and the community while maintaining and continuing their own learning experience. I am pleased to see programs for children throughout the spectrum. From programs assisting families with basic needs for at risk youth, to programs for children who need to be challenged beyond the state wide curriculum. I am thrilled to see the equality within the educational system. Youth of all genders, races, and social status have the same opportunities to expand their mathematical, science, technological, and engineering skills within the public school system.

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