OSSINING, NY — The annual college board elections are developing May 17, and 5 persons are operating for 2 seats on the Ossining Board of Education.
Maureen Boozang-Hill, Christine Mangiamele, Robert Melstein and Aidan Venuto are on the poll, as is Melissa Banta, in search of a second time period. Trustee Aaron Spring is just not operating for re-election.
Mangiamele, mom of two elementary-schoolers, has been each a volunteer and an educator in Ossining. She answered some questions from Patch about her.
Patch: Why are you operating for varsity board?
Mangiamele: For years I’ve been in common attendance at college board conferences as each a mother or father and trainer. While I deliver a private funding within the Ossining faculties via my two daughters, ages 7 and 5, I’m dedicated to offering a top quality and equitable training to all college students in the neighborhood. I’m a trainer with 10 years of expertise, two of which have been at our very personal center college. My background in Humanistic/Multicultural training can serve our group straight via the board of training. We don’t have any educators on our college board at the moment, and I feel it is an vital perspective to incorporate in our determination making.
Patch: What are the highest points going through the college district?
Mangiamele: With the restoration of basis support funding from the state, our greatest considerations aren’t monetary. My greatest concern for our college district is facilities-related. With our college inhabitants stagnating at a excessive dense stage, almost each constructing is crunched for area This limits instruction at each stage. Pull out helps are taking place in hallways, elementary music lessons are being taught from a cart, and course choices at the highschool are restricted not by pupil curiosity, however by area restraints. The latest buy of the previous church will assist relieve a few of this strain at the highschool, however it’s a drawback that exists to a point in each constructing.
Another subject going through all college districts might be a labor scarcity. Our college district was ready so as to add over 20 instructing positions to their finances this 12 months, however I might not be stunned to be taught that a few of these positions go unfulfilled into the autumn. The pool of candidates is rising smaller, with enrollment in instructing packages lowering, and we might want to develop artistic methods to draw prime expertise to our college district.
Patch: If you might be operating in opposition to an incumbent, what has she or he carried out with which you disagree?
Mangiamele: The Ossining School board accommodates 7 seats and trustees serve 3-year phrases. This 12 months, two seats are up for election. Current trustee Aaron Spring is just not in search of re-election, whereas trustee Melissa Banta is in search of to serve one other time period. Because there are two seats open, I don’t see myself in direct competitors with trustee Banta. I ran final 12 months for varsity board, and determined to run once more this 12 months as a result of I nonetheless suppose I might add worth as a trustee. Trustee Banta’s work on board is just not the effectively from which I draw my inspiration to serve.
Mangiamele’s web site is christineforboe.com.