Got Questions for Nanuet School Board Candidates?

Patch wants to hear from you. What questions would you like Nanuet Patch to ask your three candidates? Include your questions in the comments section or email them to Kim@Patch.com


Yesterday, Nanuet Patch asked readers if they had any running for the on the Board. The Nanuet Board of Education has three vying for two seats:

  • Incumbent Sarah Chauncey
  • Incumbent Ed Dingman 
  • Challenger Scott Walters

Patch is about to talk to these candidates about the upcoming election and ask why they're running for the board. Do you have a question for one or two or all three of them? Have a question about them or their take on the Nanuet School Proposed Budget? Send them my way. Include your questions in the comments section below or email them to Kim@Patch.com

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Voter registration will take place in the  on May 9 from 1-7 p.m. Voting on the and  as well as the candidates running for  and boards is on May 15 from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. at the Nanuet High School gym.

Miriam Edelstein April 28, 2012 at 12:55 AM
No quesstions as long as Sarah Chauncey is elected.
Scott Walters April 30, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I would love to attend Civic Association meeting, but with my wife working late on THursdays and haveing three young children, the schedule is hectic. Perhaps I will do so on Thursday, since it is the next meeting time, correct?
Scott Walters April 30, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Someone has asked why I haven;'t attended any school board meetings. This is a valid question which deserves a response. I have three small children ages 4, 5, and 8. My wife works late on Tuesdays (as well as Thursdays above). Her schedule will be changing soon, so my availability on Tuesday nights wil not be in question. Attending school board meetings in not a pre-requisite to being on the school board. My guess is that others people from time to time weren't frequent attendees of the meetings before being elected in Nanuet or elsewhere. My family of course comes first, and this is why my wife will be making a schedule change if I am elected, so that I can devote the energy that the Tuesday night meetings demand. I have a great deal of fire and passion for what I would like to see happen to the Nanuet Schools, including the addition of a Director of Development to bring money and materials to the district at no cost to the taxpayers, the switching of the bus schedules to that the younger children go to school earlier and the older children go later (in accordance with the research on student age and classroom achievement), the addition ofmore gifted and telented programming to lower grades, the addition of keyboarding in the middle school for students to properly use technology and word proccessing capabiltiies), and insuring that students get the best education possible. Would my attendance have made these things occur? I don't believe so.
Scott Walters April 30, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Somone has also asked about tax rate calculations and the continuing effects of the Pfizer settlement. As someone who is currently not on the board, I hold no sway in when calculations are to be done. However, if elected, I would defintely be on the frontlines in making sure that tax calculations were done as soon as all of the numbers to perform the calculation were in, then I would make sure that information was made public, even if it was between school board meetings, in order to give the people as much information as possible before making informed decisions about budget and the ramifications of their vote. One must remember, however, that an austerity budget often isn't much different than the proposed budget in terms of money, but in terms of what is taken out, it can have a huge effect on overall educational quality. Due to the mandates that have to be paid, the austerity budget is often just a few dollars, but many programs bigger.
Scott Walters May 02, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I should have said that an austerity budget can be a few dollars but many programs SMALLER....sorry for the incorrect word.


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