BEDFORD, N.Y. The Bedford Central School Districts three Board of Education races are uncontested this year: Andrew Bracco and Susan Elion Wollin are running for their seats, and newcomer Lee Golstein is running for the third opening.
Last year, Mark Chernis vacated his seat, and five applicants interviewed for the postion. It was awarded to Andrew Bracco of Mount Kisco, who is now running for the remaining two years on the seat.
Lee Goldstein of Pound Ridge also applied for Chernis's seat last year and is running for the seat being vacated by Graham Anderson, who declined to run again.
Board President Wollin, a resident of Bedford Village, is seeking another three-year term.
Wollin has lived in Bedford Village with her husband, Marc, for over 20 years. She attended Bedford Central Schools, as did her now-grown sons Matthew and Dave.
Before becoming board president, Wollin worked as an executive search and staffing consultant and served on a number of school district committees. She is currently also involved with The Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association (WPSBA) and serves as vice president of current affairs.
Bracco, who has lived in the community for 14 years and has a sophomore at Fox Lane High School and an eighth-grader at the middle school, is senior vice president of finance at a non-profit and said he brings financial experience to the position.
Bracco said he thinks this year's board-approved budget is remarkable in that it preserve 100% of our core, especially given all of the significant financial pressures under which it was developed."
Wollin agreed that the board worked well with this issue.
Despite sharp rises in New York State mandated costs, our 2012-2013 school district budget lives within the tax cap, marking the fourth year in a row of leaner budgets and tax levy changes averaging less than 2 percent, she said.
Once again, we have reduced expenses while still maintaining the high-quality educational values and core programs our community values. We have not increased class-size targets nor discontinued any student programs, she said.
On the day of the May 15 school board vote, district residents will also weigh in on the budget.
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