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Candidate profile: Mike J. Stefan, North Collins School Board

Stefan MichaelSchool district: North Collins

Age: 47

Town (current residence): North Collins

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

Technology Education teacher in Springville-Griffith Instute for 19 years most senior in the department. Primarily have worked at the middle school level. Have dedicated lots of time to help youth at that struggling age. Secondly I have a 1800 acre farm that resides in the North Collins district, most of the land is rented from various people. The main crops are hay, corn, soybeans, and oats. We also have some heifer boarding, trucking and work as a custom contractor for other farms. Life member of the Eden North Collins gun club NRA member

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 47

Incumbent: Yes

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

Have you run for office before? No

If yes, please list your election history:

Been on the School Board for 5 years

Please tell us about yourself:

I have lived in North Collins my whole life. Joining me is my wife who also lived in this town with her family for many generations. We have 4 children who attend the North Collins district. All are very involved with the farm which is mostly in the North Collins district We rent land from 56 residents. So when the schools we having a hard time financially I thought with my experience with both sides of the spectrum I could help my community.

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

Keeping the students with all the educational opportunities that we can give as a small district. Have a responsible budget that is palatable for the community. In a small district the school is the community, and we need to try to keep it that way working with our community leaders, and advertise how great the school district is in quality of education and students. Integrate and keep up with technology within the district. Properly share services with other schools

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

Yes I do. We are in a constant state of change trying to better ourselves. We need to evaluate students and our teaching methods to keep education in a forward direction. Maybe the current method of evaluations needs some help, and with time this will hopefully happen in a positive way. New York State seems to be embracing more vocational and skills education so we can meet the present demand.of employment.

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