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Letter: Grant Argues Re-Election Offers Continuity For Bedford School Board

Suzanne Grant
Suzanne Grant Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

BEDFORD, N.Y. — The Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editor up to 350 words. To submit a letter, email bergenfield@dailyvoice.com

To the editor:

Ours is a school district in the midst of significant administrative transition, with all the tremendous upside potential that well-considered change can bring.

To fulfill that potential, we need school board leadership that is committed to student achievement, fiscal balance and collaborative progress.

I believe I provide the balance and experience we need during this time of transition in the district and I ask your support for my re-election.

I listen carefully to differing viewpoints and facilitate workable solutions.

I take a measured, pragmatic approach to controlling costs while assuring that essential student programs and educational supports are preserved.

And I am in tune with the community’s desire to keep Bedford Central schools strong — both academically and fiscally.

As background, I have lived in Mount Kisco for 18 years.

My husband and I have two children who have attended district schools since kindergarten.

One is now in college and the other is at Fox Lane High School.

I have served on the Bedford Central School Board for nearly six years.

I bring experience in corporate communications that has been valuable to the board’s outreach to Bedford Central residents, most recently during the superintendent search process.

I consider myself a hard-working, multi-dimensional and fully engaged school board member and have served on the board’s policy, finance and communications committees.

Prior to joining the board, I was a member of the budget advisory committee and Mount Kisco Elementary School Association Co-Chair.

I am proud to have been part of the board that selected Christopher Manno as our superintendent, and I thank you for your trust as we made this critical decision for our community.

Each year, it gets more difficult to keep taxes low while preserving the caliber of schooling for our students.

I will fight to keep educational expectations and outcomes high, address the dynamics that impact our expenditures, and wrestle with government imperatives that strain our budgets and limit our local control.

These efforts take experience, a balanced perspective, tenacity and a willingness to do the work, which I possess.

My top priority is to keep our school district academically and fiscally strong now and for years to come.

It is important to me the educational and extra-curricular opportunities that have been so formative to our stellar graduating class of 2016 will be available to future students in Bedford Central.

Suzanne Grant, Mount Kisco

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