A synopsis of Olive Matters meeting held on 16 April 2008
Last night, members of Olive Matters met with Ralph Legnini, an Olive
candidate for the Onteora School Board. He is running as a block with
three other candidates (Shandaken, Phoenicia, and Woodstock). We listened
to Mr. Legnini's platform, and although we are sympathetic to his
wants for the district and a specific few students, we found his platform
not aligned with the best interest of the taxpayers, or the entire
student body. Mr. Legnini's and the others platform ignores the declining
enrollment and its effects on 7-8th grade student population and the
High School students future needs. It focuses only on maintaining
the status quo at taxpayers expense. We therefore feel we cannot,
as Olive Matters, support Mr. Legnini or the block of candidates that
he is running with.
Olive Matters empathizes with those wanting what they want. We value
community schools. The facts are that the Onteora School District
over the last 20 years has become a huge dinosaur with a very large
appetite for taxpayers money. For the past three years, the incumbents,
Bernholz, Vanacore, and O'Connor, along with other board members,
have gone over the budget with a fine tooth comb, sought and took
the advice of numerous volunteer committees from the community and
paid researchers to come up with a budget this year--a 1% increased
tax levy; the lowest ever--that reflects the concerns for lowering
school taxes, and a plan to preserve and enhance the educational opportunities
for ALL the districts students.
Therefore, the general consensus of Olive Matters is to recommend
and support only: Cindy O'Connor, Mary Jane Bernholz, and Rita Vanacore
for re-election to the Onteora School Board.
Ralph Legnini, Ann McGillicuddy and Laurie Osmond today announce their
Candidacy in the upcoming election for the Onteora Central School
District's Board Of Education. They join Donna Flayhan, who already
announced her candidacy, in campaigning for the four vacant Board
Seats. The election is to be held on May 20.
Flayhan, Legnini, McGuillicuddy, and Osmond are united and encourage
everyone to vote for all four as a block. The four candidates, each
of whom has at least one child in the School District, have agreed
upon a ten-point shared platform (see attached document), that includes
the following key issues:
* Moratorium on the Grades 5-8 Middle School configuration
* Save our Schools, Keep All Three Elementary Schools Open
* Moratorium on $69-$86M Bond Proposals
* If still an issue, Candidates Will Vote Not to Enact Large Parcel
Ralph Legnini has lived in the Onteora School District for 27 years,
divided equally between the towns of Shandaken, Woodstock, and now
Olive. He has two children in the public school system. He grew up
in The Bronx, and moved to this area after graduating with a degree
in music education from Herbert H. Lehman College. A musician who
has recorded with artists like James Taylor and Kate Pierson, he has
been music producer on Saturday Night Live, worked for producer Nile
Rodgers with Mick Jagger and Madonna, and held a senior position in
Todd Rundgren's Alchemedia Productions, where he administrated multi-million
dollar recording/production budgets. Ralph now runs his own music
production company. He is a third degree USAF certified black belt
in the martial art of Aikido, and director of the Children's Aikido
Program at Woodstock Aikido. "This election is not about separate
towns within the School District. This is about the children across
the whole of the School District. If together, we can keep our community
schools open and thriving with quality education, wisely managed by
a transparent school board – while staying fiscally responsible
- it will be an accomplishment to be proud of." He can be contacted
Ann McGillicuddy and her husband Cornelius moved to Shandaken from
Kingston six years ago to raise their children in this beautiful rural
area, with its community schools and friendly towns. Having grown
up in a small village in the Hudson River Valley, she has a love of
the mountains and streams. Ann has three sons, the eldest of whom
is twelve. She is a Phoenicia school parent and a PTA executive member.
In her spare time she bakes, knits, quilts, weaves and fishes. Ann
enjoys bringing people together. She wants to be a part of affecting
change. "Let's think outside of the box ~ In keeping our community
schools open we will keep our children's education local, and we will
help support our own economies, and create a strong foundation for
the future of our hamlets and towns." She can be contacted at
Laurie Osmond is a parent with a child at Phoenicia Elementary School,
and a small business owner. She and her family reside in Willow. She
is an active member of the Phoenicia PTA, and is part of the team
that helped bring recycling and an environmental awareness program
to the school. She is also a member of the Ulster County Chamber of
Commerce. A producer, writer and director with twenty years experience,
Laurie's professional skills include coordinating groups of people,
organizing, scheduling, budgeting, and thinking creatively. She attended
Brown University and San Francisco State University, and has her B.A.
in Broadcast Communication Arts. "I believe in creating a fiscally
responsible, affordable plan for the District, that puts solid, broad-based
education first and also values our local businesses and economies
by keeping community schools open. This election is a wonderful opportunity
to create something positive and inclusive for our children and our
towns, and I look forward to serving." firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna Flayhan has two children at Woodstock Elementary (Grades K &
3), is an Associate Professor at SUNY-New Paltz. She received a B.A.
from University of New Hampshire (1990), M.A. and a Ph.D. in Communication
(Public Health & Cultural Studies) in 1997 at the University of
Iowa. Flayhan Directs The Lower Manhattan Public Health Project, is
on the Advisory Board of Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes, Inc (for the
sick of 9/11), and is Vice President Elect of the New York State Communication
Association. She and her family move to Woodstock from Maryland (where
Flayhan worked on Gulf War Syndrome) in 2004. Flayhan lives in Woodstock,
New York with her husband, two children, dog and cat. "I want
to fix the transportation problems that are experienced from Big Indian
to West Hurley...and I am for a Moratorium on the 5-8. No to 80 Million
Dollar Bonds that will break our piggy banks and our childrens' spirits
by forcing them to grow up too soon. Vote for us, we will reverse
the 5-8 Middle School and Save all Three Elementary Schools from closure."
Background: The current Board of Education has proposed a new Grades
5-8 Middle School configuration, which will force the closure of ANOTHER
elementary school in the district (West Hurley closed in 2004). The
combination of this new Middle School configuration, the closure of
another elementary school, leaving only two elementary schools in
the second largest district in the State, and bonds of up to $86,000,000
to pay for all the changes have drawn continued criticism from parents
and taxpayers across the district, complaints that have failed to
stop the current Board moving ahead with their plans. Three members
of this current Board are up for re-election in May, and another seat
has opened up due to a current Board Member's sudden retirement. Donna
Flayhan, Ralph Legnini, Laurie Osmond, Ann McGillicuddy look forward
to filling these four seats to ensure an open and interactive School
Onteora Parents Group
My name is Ann McGillicuddy and I am running for Onteora School Board,
on a unified slate with three other parents in our onteora community
~ Donna Flayhan, Ralph Legnini and Laurie Osmond.
We do not agree with the direction that our school district is headed
in. We hold a different vision for our district’s future. In
order to affect change, we understand that we must change the board.
I appreciate all the hard work and years of service the incumbents
have given to the board. The 5-8 ms is not a convincing educational
configuration. In fact, studies show that it is not effective in a
rural school district ~ and we are classified rural. The 5-8 MS configuration
does NOT have 99% teacher approval as a member of the panel stated
at the Woodstock town board meeting on April 15. Many teachers in
the district have expressed their concern of the 5-8 configuration
to me. Studies show that 6th, 7th and 8th graders have higher academic
achievement in k-6 or k-8 schools, than when taken away from the lower
grades. Aren’t our society’s children growing up too fast
I would also like to know why transportation costs have never been
studied or if they have, not given to the public. Why did the Budget
Advisory Committee explore other facets of our budget, but NOT transportation
costs? I would think that our fuel costs are extremely high and they
could possibly be a large chunk of the % of the budget. I have read
studies which indicate that a school district which closes a school
and continues to consolidate, actually spends more on transportation
costs. It can be a misperception that a district will save money;
especially in a rural school district. Our district encompasses 300
I cite from a paper written by a Cornell Professor entitled, “What
Does a School Mean to a Community? Assessing the social and economic
benefits of schools to rural villages in New York “
“Why is it important to document and quantify what a school
means to small rural villages? First, it is important for policy makers,
educational administrators, and local citizens to understand that
schools are vital to rural communities. The money that might be saved
through consolidation could be forfeited in lost taxes, declining
property values and lost businesses. I have shown a pattern of consistent
results... Housing values are considerably higher and municipal infrastructure
is more developed in small villages with schools... There is a body
of research which shows that in communities where the citizenry is
civically engaged, local businesses prosper, and that these factors
anchor populations to place. My results show that in even the smallest
rural villages in New York, schools serve as important markers of
social and economic viability and vitality. “
If you would like to find out more about our platform; please go to
At Tuesday night’s (4/15) Woodstock Town Board Meeting, Onteora
CSD Superintendent Leslie Ford introduced a Budget Advisory Committee
(BAC), which presented a number of recommendations that included closing
an Elementary School, selling any unused Elementary Schools, reducing
teacher salaries and benefits where possible, and other measures.
Although the presentation was detailed, and questions following were
specific, there are still points that remain unanswered or misrepresented:
• The Budget Advisory Committee pointed out that 75% of the
budget is committed and not immediately controllable, and only approximately
3-4% is controllable in the short term. (50% of the District
budget is committed to salaries, 25% is committed to benefits. Of
this 75%, 18% is for Special Education salaries and budgets.) However,
this leaves an additional 21-22% that has not been accounted for.
Where does this go?
• Administrative position and salary reduction was not discussed
by the BAC. Why not?
• What percentage of the budget goes to Administrative salaries
• On Tuesday, April 8th, the Board of Education approved a measure
put forth by the Ulster County School Boards Association that contained
the following: “To attract and retain regional education leaders,
eliminate the salary & benefit cap on
• It was mentioned that on 1/15/08, KSQ Architects recommended
only two elementary schools in their plans. It was not mentioned that
they were instructed to do so, and that in February 2006, based on
community meetings and input from all “stakeholders”,
KSQ Architects’ original recommendation was to keep three elementary
schools open and create a 6-8 Middle School (Plan A.) This recommendation
was later disregarded.
• One of the Board members stated that “99%” of
all the teachers in the district support a 5-8 Middle School. This
is flatly untrue. No figures were offered to support that claim.
• In the BAC’s initial presentation on 3/11/08, the members
specifically stated that the sale of the Woodstock Elementary School
property would likely be
the most lucrative for the District. At Tuesday’s meeting in
Woodstock, that language was omitted.
• In response to a question, the BAC affirmed that their recommendations
would maintain current class sizes. This is incorrect. Their recommendations
would increase class sizes to the limits allowable. Maintaining current
class sizes is not the same as not exceeding current class size limits.
• The Budget Advisory Committee states that the annual savings
proposed by closing a school neatly equals the annual cost of a proposed
bond of $45 million. But the total costs of proposed bonds range from
$70-$86 million, as detailed in KSQ Architects’ presentation
of 1/15/08. So why is just a $45 million bond being discussed? Does
the Board hope to break it into pieces to make it seem more palatable?
• It was also revealed that the members of the Budget Advisory
Committee were suggested by the Board, so perhaps it is no coincidence
at all that the numbers coincide so neatly.
I urge everyone to examine what is going on in the District very carefully.
Go to meetings, talk to your friends and neighbors, do your homework,
and make sure to go to your local Elementary School on May 20, from
2-9pm and VOTE for the School Board Candidate of your choice.
I am pleased to be running for School Board with Donna Flayhan, Ralph
Legnini and Ann McGillicuddy, and hope
that our cross-community message of a moratorium on the 5-8 Middle
School, opposition to closing a community Elementary School, moratorium
on a bond of $70-$86 million and promise not to vote to enact Large
Parcel will resonate with voters. The wrong educational decisions
not only hurt our children, but our communities, local businesses
and property values as well.
There’s been a lot going on for the past three years in the
Onteora School District. School Board members and school administrators
working together have had to make some of the most difficult decisions
in recent memory. Declining student population, the highest cost per
student in Ulster County and keeping the budget at a reasonable tax
levy forced decisions that were tough to make. The decisions that
were made utilize the district's resources and staff efficiently for
the best interest of the students while being fiscally responsible
to the tax payers. The board is expected to make a decision on where
to place the 5-8 middle school on May 06, 2008. According to the Board
elementary discussions deciding on how to best utilize the district's
buildings will begin in June and the final decisions will be made
in the fall of 2008. There are ongoing discussions about consolidating
the district. Consolidating the district will be cost effective in
Unfortunately there appears to be various rumors floating around the
district that have some parts of the community upset and there is
a small group exploring the possibility of breaking away from the
District. Some in this group think the board will end up closing the
Woodstock school. Recently the board approved spending more than a
million dollars to install a new heating system in the Woodstock school.
Why would the board close the Woodstock school after spending that
kind of tax payer’s money?
District tax payers should make their decisions based on the true
facts and not what they hear from those that disagree with the board.
Despite Mr. Vanacore's attempt to strike fear into the hearts of Olive
residents by evoking the spectre of Large Parcel, the fact remains
that for people in the other towns, Olive's revaluation and other
developments have simply made this a non-issue.
Recent newspaper reports confirm that the idea behind the reval was
to shrink any difference between apportionment and equalization rate
to remove one of the law's requirements so as to remove the huge tax
hikes imposed on Olive residents after its enactment. It is not hard
to expect that with both NYC and Olive recently agreeing on a value,
that ORPS would say otherwise. With the ORPS acceptance of this value,
there would not even BE a Large Parcel vote coming before the School
Board. And should ORPS' deliberations on the matter extend past the
deadline for the OSD Board to decide, it would clearly be responsible
to take no action at all while waiting on ORPS..
Mr. Vanacore laments that some candidates, including his mother, have
been accused of only caring "about what's good for Olive"
yet, he then proceeds to attempt to rally Olive over a non-issue in
an exclusionary way which hurts the process and attempts to re-open
old wounds which were just starting to heal. Can we not all applaud
the efforts of the Town of Olive in pushing for their reval and working
so hard in their fight against NYC and just finally move on and focus
on the REAL issues at hand?
No one denies that the candidates up for re-election have dedicated
many long hours in their commitments as Trustees. However, it is clear
from public reactions at a multitude of meetings that the public,
so far, has been unconvinced that the vision which they have put forth
is the best one for this school district.
In fact, the real issue that Mr. Vanacore avoids and one which is
of concern to us all is the proposed series of bonds, which has been
reported to add up to be as high as 80 million dollars, not counting
possible partial reimbursements from government. With the Ulster County
Jail coming in at 100 million plus, it is hard to imagine spending
anywhere close to that in a District with declining enrollment and
paid for by just our member towns; at least the 100m for the jail
is the responsibility of all of Ulster County.
One must wonder just how much that will cost the taxpayers of this
district. Maybe Mr. Vanacore forgets that the OSD Board is supposed
to represent all of the constituent communities within the OSD. For
someone who seems worried about the taxes in Olive, Mr. Vanacore seems
to be forgetting that most people want to know how much something
is going to cost them before they agree to pay for it. No one likes
to have their taxes take a huge hike, right? Isn’t that what
the whole LP episode taught us?
While I think there is general public support for the idea of renovating
our schools and the need to do so, this school Board majority seems
to be moving forward with plans that do not reflect the will of the
people within the school district. Of course, such displeasure would
surely be represented by the bonds not being passed, in which case,
the OSD would have to rethink the proposals and try again. In order
to save time, it seems clear that it would be much better to increase
efforts to inform the public and allow more interaction.
It is exciting to see the New Paltz Schools using tools like blogs
to help promote community involvement on issues like 5-8 middle schools,
etc. and wonder why we can not do the same.
Recent visits by Dr. Ford to local town boards is a step in the right
direction, but the information provided is limited in scope, perhaps
due to time constraints to be fair to Dr. Ford. If recent meetings
are any indication, the public wants MORE involvement in the process,
not less, and more information more quickly.
This Board majority has been accused of not laying a good foundation
for community involvement and ignoring clear public calls for more
transparency in the process and restraint in proceeding with current
plans. Other charges include the desire to centralize all of the students
on the Boiceville campus, thereby removing the community schools which
bring so much character to this area. While I understand the frustration
that comes from sitting on issues through long drawn-out processes,
making sure that the actions reflect the will of the public should
come right after determining what's best for the kids. And if what
they think is best for the kids is unpopular, it is incumbent upon
them to convince the public how important it really is, and so far,
that hasn't happened if public comments are how we judge that.
One of the folks who spoke at the Shandaken Town Meeting on April
7th likened the OSD to a 40+ million dollar business with declining
sales. Well, when you have declining sales, you certainly want to
cut costs, which is commendable (especially in view of our highest-in-the-state
per pupil cost). But neither do you want to cut the sales force...
and closing community schools would make the OSD a LOT less desirable
for people considering a move into this area. If enrollment is declining,
how do you boost it? In addition to looking at how to cut costs, should
we not also look into ways to make our schools MORE attractive to
others thinking about coming into the area? The public should be encouraged
to become MORE involved with the Elementary Schools, not less involved.
We live in a community of amazingly creative people. Surely we can
come up with ideas on how to make our schools more dynamic and educationally
And finally, with a group of Woodstock property owners actively seeking
to have the OSD split into 2 smaller districts, it seems reckless
to move forward with any plans for renewal and / or construction until
that issue is satisfactorily resolved, one way or the other. To that
end, perhaps it is best if the OSD Board of Trustees puts a moratorium
on further actions on changes to the current configuration until that
issue is resolved.
There are several issues I would like to address in response to recent
letters to the editor and press releases.
Re: 5-8 Middle School. The school board voted on this configuration
after THREE years of research, which consisted of input from teachers,
paid researchers, and a community advisory group looking into the
pros and cons of a 5-8 MS. The pros outweighed the cons.
Teachers in the district are excited and believe the 5-8 MS will give
students more educational opportunities. With declining enrollment
in the 7-8th grades, it will eventually cause the cancellation of
enrichment programs. Having a 5-8 MS will ensure that music/band and
art will be there in the future for your K-4th grader. A 5-8 MS, IF
it were to occur, would not be happening overnight. It will take a
minimum of 2-3 years before a middle school could be fully functioning.
Re: Indie Program. It was SUGGESTED that if the district could provide
this service in-school with the purchase of some equipment, the district
could save $150,000 a year.
Re: Ruthless Cuts. The Budgetary Advisory Committee made RECOMMENDATIONS.
They SUGGESTED where money could be saved. Their recommendations are
not written in stone, and IF all of their RECOMMENDATIONS were enacted,
it would take YEARS to implement.
Re: $86 million bond. This is what a “wish list” looks
like and what it would cost if wishes were granted, and it is NOT
the actual amount of money that you will be asked to bond.
Re: School Board Participation in Community, Transparency, and Communication.
This present school board has created committees consisting of administrators,
educators, business people, and community members from the entire
district to report back to them, enabling them to make informed decisions
on the effects and benefits of proposed changes to the students/schools.
The committees are: Communications, Facility, Early Childhood Development,
Policy, Technology, and the Budgetary Advisory Committee. And, this
board has held more public forums in the past three years than any
other board that I know of. There is a District Newsletter, District
Website, calendar, and press releases to keep the district informed.
Re: Olive Benefits. Please show me where the Olive school board members
favored Olive students and disregarded the rest. Does removing junk
food from vending machines and initiating the Winswipe so free and
reduced lunch students can participate in the food program without
embarrassment, favor only Olive students? Does keeping your school
taxes to a 3-4% increase for the past three years, where other districts
have had a 6-10% increase only benefit Olive residents? Is only Olive
benefiting from a 1% increased tax levy in the budget this year? And
with the possibility of Bennett School closing to make it a Middle
School, how does this benefit the Town of Olive?
Re: Large Parcel. It is disheartening to have to inform people once
again that the Large Parcel will NOT go away, unless or until ORPS
agrees with Olive’s assessed value of the reservoir each and
every year! Today, NYC and the Town of Olive have a 10 year agreement
not to sue each other. What will happen if ORPS doesn’t agree,
or in 10 years if ORPS, NYC, and Olive disagree once again on the
value of the reservoir?
Re: Olive School Board Members. When complaining about the many Olive
residents on the school board, remember to thank Jeremy Wilber, Bob
Cross and their merry men for making this happen. It was through their
mantra of “low tax Olive” and “a house in Woodstock
and a house in Olive . . .” that got the Large Parcel Law enacted
against Olive causing its taxes to increase 90% in one year. Now that
this sleepy little town was awakened and roared, Olive is being told
to get over it, fogedaboudit, and move on.
Wilber et al, claimed Olive kept the reservoir value high to lower
Olive taxes. Now that NYC has agreed that the reservoir was undervalued,
and has vindicated Olive’s assessment of the reservoir, will
Olive’s taxes be lowered? No. The fact is it will probably cause
Olive’s taxes to increase again this year. After that, Olive
will get a reprieve from large increases for 10 years. And BTW, increasing
the value of the reservoir benefits the entire district and all Ulster
County taxpayers. This present school board is to be thanked for getting
the Onteora District attorney involved in Olive’s lawsuits.
That convinced NYC to compromise with the Town of Olive and may have
saved the district from having to repay NYC $14 million dollars.
Vote for Cindy O’Connor, Mary Jane Bernholz, and Rita Vanacore.
They find solutions to problems. They are taxpayers. They have or
had children and grandchildren in the Onteora School District. They
want what is best for ALL the students and all the taxpayers of the
district. They are the TAXPAYER’S CANDIDATES.
As a taxpayer I am grateful to Mary Jane Bernholz, Cindy O'Connor
and Rita Vanacore for being fiscally responsible. They were instrumental
in engaging the district's attorneys to act on our behalf in the recent
law suit brought by the City of New York, which alleged that Onteora
owed them a refund of nearly $14 million dollars in back taxes for
over-assessed tax payments. On behalf of the school district, which
was granted "Intervenor" status, OCS' attorneys succeeded
in gaining a dismissal of a major portion of New York's claim with
a smaller amount still being considered by the court.
Also, at a recent board meeting, the Budget Advisory Committee, which
was appointed by the board, informed us that Onteora is faced with
rapidly declining enrollment and skyrocketing costs. In just six years
enrollment will drop from 1800 to 1400. If the status quo is maintained,
the current cost of educating a student will rise from nearly $25,000
to approximately $42,000. The committee realizes that the current
cost is outrageous and that timely measures must be taken to avoid
the disaster which the district imminently faces.
Their suggestion to close another elementary school and implement
the 5-8 Middle School makes perfect sense and it is supported by these
board members. It will enable Onteora to make better use of its facilities
through consolidation. At the same time, by divesting itself of an
elementary building, major savings will be gained through not having
to repair, maintain, and heat a building which is no longer needed.
What is being proposed by the committee will bear similar fruit for
the Onteora taxpayers. Do you realize that the current elementary
schools cost nearly $90,000 each to heat? Do you understand that repair
and maintenance costs are soaring? Consolidation is warranted and
it is the fiscally responsible measure to take when enrollment declines.
While some parents feel strongly about the closing of a school, consider
the fact that these measures will enable some people to afford their
taxes and not lose their homes. Fiscal responsibility demands that
the school board make the difficult decisions which will not only
provide a quality education, but also make it affordable for the taxpayers.
To do otherwise is irresponsible.
Mary Jane Bernholz, Cindy O'Connor and Rita Vanacore have each spent
20-50 hours per week for the last three years to get the district
aimed in the right direction. They have earned the right to continue
and finish the quality work which they have started. They care about
the children and they care about the taxpayers. They also have a firm
understanding of the challenges facing our school. Our district needs
the leadership, fiscal responsibility and dedication which each of
them bring to the board.
Join me in voting for them on May 20th. We need their experience and
John R. Tisch
West Shokan, NY
On May 20, voters in the Onteora Central School District will be going
to the polls to elect Trustees for the School Board. Most years just
two Trustee positions are up for election, but this year, in part
because of the sudden resignation of a Board Trustee, four of the
seven total seats - a majority - are up for grabs. As such, and given
the current board’s controversial plans for a new Grades 5-8
Middle School, the closure of another elementary school, and multimillion
dollar bonds costing up to $86million, it’s fair to say that
this is the most important Board election in many years.
Donna Flayhan, Ralph Legnini, Ann McGillicuddy and Laurie Osmond are
running for the four vacant seats as a united block, on a shared platform
that includes the following key positions:
Education first: Kids Matter
Moratorium on the Grades 5-8 Middle School configuration
· Save our Schools. Keep all 3 Elementary Schools open
Moratorium on $69-$86M
If still an issue, Candidates will not vote to enact Large Parcel.
Each of these candidates is a local parent with children in the School
District. Between them, they reside in the towns of Woodstock, Olive
and Shandaken. They are all actively engaged in the Community at large.
Apart from the above crucial issues, they have come together to help
unite the Onteora Central School District, which for too long, at
Board level, has played individual towns in the District off against
the other towns. Over the coming weeks, the candidates will be attending
many functions and meetings across the School District, where they
will be happy to talk about their individual and collective positions.
You are invited to read more about their platform, and their individual
biographies, at a web site especially established for this election,
www.saveouronteoraschools.com. This site also has the e-mail address
for each of the candidates.
Should you support these candidates, and wish to directly contribute
to the campaign, which is incurring considerable costs for high-visibility
promotional materials, please send a check to Ann McGillicuddy, 6347
Rt. 28, Phoenicia, NY 12464. Please note on your check that it is
for the Election Campaign and state if you would like a written receipt.
Again, this is a crucial election for the future of our district.
Please study the issues, talk to the various candidates, and mark
your calendar for May 20, when voting will take place at the four
Elementary School buildings.
Mt. Tremper, NY