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To The Editor:

I am writing to announce my candidacy for a seat on the Heuvelton Central School Board of Education and to provide an introduction of myself to those I don’t currently have the privilege of knowing. My husband, Peter, and I currently live in Heuvelton and we will be welcoming our second child in the coming weeks. I have lived in Heuvelton nearly all my life and graduated from Heuvelton Central in 1998.

My husband and I take our responsibility as parents very seriously and I feel the time to start worrying about the quality of my children’s education is before they ever step foot in the door. I want to be confident that the strong foundation we are building at home is built upon at school. Sadly many of today’s children don’t receive the support at home that they need and deserve. I think we, as a community, owe it to these children to offer them with an educational system that not only provides them with a strong core curriculum but teaches them morals and values, respect for themselves and for others, how to properly communicate their thoughts and feelings, and the value of community service. Let’s ensure our students become a positive contribution to our society not a financial and troublesome drain upon it.

When I was a student at Heuvelton, I specifically recall a campaign surrounding the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” What a powerful concept, a concept I fear has been forgotten by many. I am who I am today not solely because of great parents but because of many of influential figures within my community, many of them teachers. Writing this I am reminded of many and the life lessons they taught me.

My third-grade teacher, Betsy Northrop, who taught me the power of the written word, Bob Kennedy who told me a girl couldn’t get a 100 average in science only challenging me to do just that, my high school guidance counselor and class advisor, Margaret Sweeney who introduced me to so many opportunities to expand my horizons, and Coach Stephanie Putney, who despite my lack of athletic ability taught me to identify my personal strengths and contribute them to a team.I could probably list an important life lesson taught to me by every teacher at Heuvelton. We all have had those individuals who made a difference in our lives and our children should too. =That is why I think it is very important for us to obtain, support, and retain great teachers.

In addition to my passion for children and education, I will bring a great deal of experience that will make me an asset to the school board. Experience that will facilitate difficult decisions, create compromise, and open the lines of communication between the board and teachers, parents, and students. For the past 10 years I have worked for Lincare. As center manager my responsibilities have included: the profitability of the center, implementing and directing cost controls, overseeing all aspects of operations, sales and marketing efforts, staffing decisions, and ensuring compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations all while striving to ensure excellent, compassionate care to 1000s of respiratory patients throughout the county.

Prior I worked in special events and fundraising for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester. I earned my Masters of Business Administration from Syracuse University in 2007 and in 2002 my Bachelors of Arts in Communications/Public Relations from St. John Fisher College.

In recent years, I have spent my time volunteering as an EMT with the Heuvelton Fire Department and now I wish to serve my community by sitting on the school board.

As an alumnus, a tax payer, and a mother of children who will one day attend Heuvelton, I clearly have an invested interest in the success and sustainability of the Heuvelton Central School District. My family and I thank you in advance for your support and your vote on May 21.

Darcy Backus

Heuvelton

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