Tuxedo School Board candidate statements

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  • Michael Arone

  • Adam Eirand

  • Joe Rickard

  • Dorothy Ziegelbauer

TUXEDO — In addition to voting on a proposed $13,497,279 budget, voters in the Tuxedo School District will elect three people to the school board.

What follows are the candidate statements by the four people seeking office. They appear in alphabetical order:

Michael Arone
I am running for a position on the Tuxedo UFSD Board of Education. My family and I have lived in Tuxedo for the past 16 years. I currently work as a power plant maintenance supervisor where on a daily basis I manage contracts, make financial and technical decisions. My professional experience will be an asset to the board to explore and negotiate other options to attract more students to our school district.

My goal is to keep the high school open by exploring other options available to continue to increase the number of students. A small school environment has been proven to be effective and provides high quality education, therefore closing the school is not the answer.

As a board member, I will fight to keep our kids receiving the high quality education that we are accustomed to.

Adam Eirand
I am a lifelong, third generation resident of Tuxedo and a graduate of Baker High School. I attended RCC and the Rockland County Police Academy. I serve as the detective sergeant with the Village of Greenwood Lake Police Department. My experience in budgeting and school safety allows me the ability to exercise the fiscal responsibility that our taxpayers deserve, while ensuring the safety and well-being of our children.

My wife Megan and I have two children, one of which attends George Grant Mason.

Tuxedo is one of the few municipalities blessed with a small school district. Our teachers know their students as individuals, their families and family backgrounds from which they come. This allows for unique opportunities to meet individuals’ needs and talents while working cooperatively with parents.

The election on May 17 is an important one. Tuxedo School District is a gem that sits in the middle of our community. It would be catastrophic to our children and community to consider any other options regarding the education of our students.

I look forward to serving you.

Joe Rickard
My family and I have lived in Tuxedo for 13 years. My education includes an MBA, from Hofstra and an MS in Education, from St. John’s. My work experience includes teaching at the high school level for four years. I have held executive positions at two large global companies where I had significant P/L, budget and personnel responsibilities. Presently I am the CEO of my own company, which is a leading developer of national education standards and assessments used for 6 STEM subjects.

The problems of our school district are not new and by now well known in the community. These problems include a substantial loss of students. Recruitment programs have not worked. Next year we are expecting 16 children in our 9th grade class. Our town is facing a threat that affects its viability as a place to move to and live in.

I believe my skill set acquired in an educational and corporate environment will help to solve the financial and operational issues facing our District. I will listen to all opinions and will be pushing for a strategic plan starting with my first day on the Board of Education.

Dorothy Ziegelbauer
My husband and I have ten children and eight grandchildren. We currently have a ten year old who attends the GGM elementary school. I love the small class size and individualized attention our children receive.

I like the fact that we have a private school feel in a public school setting. This aspect of our school is unique, and something that should be protected.

If I am elected I will help ensure that the STEM offerings are continued, and keep a sharp eye on expenses to ensure our tax burden does not become unbearable.

I am the Tuxedo PTO Treasurer, and have gotten to know many people including administration, faculty and staff, and some members of the BOE. These are all good people who want what is best for our children, and I would be honored to serve with them.

I have Master’s Degree in Information Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and have worked at Verisk Analytics for 19 years. I have worked both in IT and on the business side over the years managing products with over $8 million dollars in annual revenue. I believe that my unique mix of technical and business acumen positions me well to be a valued member of the Board.

We all choose what we think is best for our children. My choice is to keep both of our schools open, and build upon a solid foundation for the future.

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