Town (current residence): Cambria
Current occupation and/or community involvement:
I am a faculty, Technical Assistant at Niagara County Community College. My primary responsibilities include all of the audio-visual automation in the classrooms of the campus, along with computer-information technology duties as needed.
Number of years you have lived in the school district: 20
If yes, how long have you served on the school board? 9
Have you run for office before? Yes
If yes, please list your election history:
School Board for 3 times.
Please tell us about yourself:
I am a family man with 2 children, one in the Navy as an Ensign, and the other a D'Youville student studying Pharm-D program, married for 26 years to Elaine Westcott-Brehm. I enjoy my work immensely and study automation technology on my own. I am also studying and hoping to publish a paper next year on student response systems. My hobby is computers and I continue to perform audio-visual work on my own time.
Please describe the top issues facing your school district and how you would address them as a school board member:
There are many issues that the school district must contend with, the biggest being the shortfall of funding from the state. With the future of school funding being uncertain, this becomes the number one priority we must address as a school board, how to make due with the monies that are allocated to us. This requires creative work on the part of the school's financial department and understanding by the teaching staff and other administrators. Balancing out the uncertainty and funding issues with a positive and supportive attitude is the school board members job I believe.
Do you think public education in New York is headed in the right direction? Yes
Please explain why, in 100 words or less:
We just simply need more monies for mandated programs from the state. If the state would offer monies for mandated programs, finances in the school district would be more manageable.