Five candidates are running for the five available seats on the Rondout Valley school Board of Education in Tuesday’s election.So, five seats, five candidates. Isn't that just swell. And if you want to express your dissatisfaction with the current crop of candidates, you can . . . go home and scream into your pillow, I guess.
Incumbents Breanna Costello, David O’Halloran and Michael Redmond will be joined on the ballot by newcomers Wayne Beckerman and Rebecca Versace.
Incumbents Gail Hutchins and Matthew Finck are not seeking re-election.
The top three vote-getters on Tuesday will serve three year terms; the other two will serve one-year terms, replacing Trustees Lennart Berg and William Oliva, who have resigned.
And, as several commenters have noted, O'Halloran doesn't send his kids to Rondout schools. Who knows why this is. But some might feel that O'Halloran is a bit of an elitist by doing so.
It also leads one to ask why O'Halloran would want this seat, given his apparent disdain for public education. Well, it all comes down to the budget, doesn't it?:
“Over the last decade of increasing budgets, many challenges were solved by spending more money,” O’Halloran said. But that is no longer an option, and the district must review every cost and service and look for more efficient delivery of service, he said.O'Halloran, first and foremost, doesn't like taxes. So, he will do what's right for his own interests. But will he do right by the students? This remains an open question.
O’Halloran said he chaired committees that reduced the footprint of the school district, allowing for a more efficient grade configuration and reducing the overall budget by $1.8 million while maintaining strong programs in academics, the arts and sports.
I would suggest that you vote for O'Halloran's opponent, but it looks like you'll have to be satisfied with that pillow I mentioned.