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Letter: Grant, Gerken Have Held The Line On Bedford School Taxes

Bedford school board members Suzanne Grant, left, and Jennifer Gerken.
Bedford school board members Suzanne Grant, left, and Jennifer Gerken. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The Bedford Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editor up to 350 words. To submit your letter, email bedford@dailyvoice.com .

To the editor:

I am writing to urge voters to re-elect Jennifer Gerken and Suzanne Grant for the Bedford Central School District (BCSD) Board of Education.

Since Ms. Gerken and Ms. Grant were first elected to the board in 2010, BCSD has kept tax levy increases down—under 2% annually, compared to an average annual increase of nearly 6% in the six years prior.

Because Ms. Gerken and Ms. Grant share a deep interest in how our schools function, they have been able to approach expenditure reduction with care and precision.

Without sacrificing BCSD's rich educational environment, they have worked tirelessly to uphold their fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers – finding efficiencies that allow the district to preserve programs and conducting productive contract negotiations that will lead to sustainable savings.

The 2016-17 school year will bring the departure of the interim superintendent and all three assistant superintendents. In such a time of transition, the board experience and institutional knowledge that Ms. Gerken and Ms. Grant possess are invaluable.

Over the years, they have proven themselves thoughtful and respectful, listening to the opinions of all board members, and striving to come to consensus on major issues despite differences of opinion. The stability they provide is crucial to our district's progress.

I will be casting my vote for Jennifer Gerken and Suzanne Grant on Tuesday, May 17. at my local elementary school, and I strongly encourage you to as well!

Sincerely,

Erica Charpentier

Mt. Kisco, NY

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