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Posted on December 2 at 3:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is just so painful to read. I cannot even imagine the level of grief for the family and friends of these students.

From: Shen students killed in Northway crash

Posted on May 22 at 9:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

To: Editorial Page.
Thanks for the support and for understanding the underlying reasons for this specific discipline code.

From: Editorial: Bead ban - even rosaries - worth upholding in inner-city schools

Posted on May 20 at 4:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

To nygirl61, thank you for being a voice of reason.

From: Schenectady voted for house cleaning

Posted on May 19 at 10:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Congratulations to the winners. I am glad that we are now on the road to begin the rebirth of the district.

From: Record vote kills Schenectady school budget

Posted on May 18 at 11:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Congratulations to Ann, Cathy, Andy and Ron. I was able to get to know each of you on the campaign trail. Thanks for your support and for your kind words. Always remember that I will continue to be a presence within the district and will not change my level of support to all students, teachers and community members'.

From: Schenectady school budget voted down

Posted on May 14 at 8:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I would like to thank the Daily Gazette for providing this information to the community. It is my hope that it will help to increase the percentage of voters on Tuesday. May 18.
I would also like to correct a spelling error as it applies the name of my undergraduate college. I attended Baruch College, which is one of ten senior colleges of The City University of New York (CUNY).

As you read the statements from each candidate, please keep in mind that we were all given a thorough interview. Therefore, the reported comments and statements are significantly edited from a detailed conversation with the reporter. For example, I spoke in-depth about the varied issues surrounding textbooks for all students at the secondary level. I indicated that each classroom generally has a class set of textbooks, but do not always have extra copies for each student to take home. I explained that many textbooks are lost or not returned each school year; an expense that the district has to absorb. I explained how difficult it is for many families to pay the fine or cost for a lost text book.
I mentioned that the district is engaged in discussions in an attempt to find ways to address difficulties in this area. The following is a summary of my comments. “Our school district is very progressive and forward-looking with technology; therefore we should find ways to use this technology to help alleviate the financial burden of purchasing expensive textbooks. There are textbook publishers who have developed computer-based teaching materials. Specifically, we need to explore ways to provide electronic instructional materials beyond the textbook and in addition to purchasing textbooks. The first goal is to determine if by using online materials and electronic versions of the textbooks, our district would save a significant amount of money, while providing high quality education to all students”.

From: Schenectady voters to choose 4 of 9 school board candidates

Posted on May 12 at 8:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Contrary to the implication of this article, not once did I decline or refuse to offer my thoughts, ideas and feelings about a topic or an issue. I was clear with all answers and provided a detailed response (within the time constraints) to all questions. All candidates had one minute to respond to each question and I believe that we all did our best to get our points across. I am simply surprised as to the implication associated with my comments. I will not retype my answers here, because the forum will be aired on Open Stage Media Channel 16 and also streamed on the web www.openstagemedialorg.

Air dates for both Channel 16 and streamed forum viewings are:

Wednesday May 12th 7pm
Thursday May 13th 9:30am
Saturday May 15th 7:30pm
Monday May 17th 1pm

From: Schenectady school board candidates face off on issues

Posted on May 11 at 11:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hello Sunflower, I wrote the truth as it was told to me. Many shun the idea of even putting themselves in this position. However, I will not stop trying to do what is right for this district. I will not stop trying to change the climate and culture within the district. No one can question my credibility or sincerity as having the best interest of the district within my heart. At the end of the day that is what matters.

From: After 6 years on the job, Kiffy flunks

Posted on May 11 at 3:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I could have taken the easy way out as several others did and not write anything. I tried to be proactive because I know that I am accountable to the public and the public wanted change. Therefore, I choose the route of ensuring that there would be a clean and clear exit without any financial burden on the taxpayers. We all desire the same results. Now we are looking at alternatives. Now, it is my sincere hope that those who are hungry for change will be mindful that their future actions will not sabotage the current process.

From: After 6 years on the job, Kiffy flunks

Posted on May 11 at 7:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I would caution anyone who reads this column to make any negative judgment regarding the letter of recommendation. The goal of any letter of recommendation is ensure that the individual will obtain employment, not to discourage a future employer.

From: After 6 years on the job, Kiffy flunks

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