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Also on the May 19 ballot: Board of Education candidates

Board of Education candidate statements

April 29, 2015

District residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 19 to elect three Board of Education members for the seats of incumbents Cathleen Doherty, Bob Kunis and Susan Purcell. All the seats are for 3-year terms. Susan Purcell's seat is not being challenged.

The following candidates are running for the board of education seat currently held by Cathleen Doherty:

Cathleen Doherty – Principal for Family Business, resident of Bethel
Candidate statement:
I have served on the school board for five years. I have a tremendous passion to serve and be able to play a role in providing our students the opportunities to be successful in life. We live in a very competitive society and as a school board member it is my responsibility to be the catalyst to support policies and programs that serve to prepare our students to compete on the highest level. It is my honest desire to serve my public with continued integrity and with the highest standards of preparation and execution.

Janice YeomansRevenue Verification Clerk, resident of Monticello
Candidate statement:
My name is Janice Yeomans, I have resided at 55 Coopers Corners Rd. in Monticello for the last three and a half years. I currently work at Monticello Casino and Raceway as a Revenue Verification Clerk. My interest in running for a seat on the school board is to be involved in the decision making process for what is best for the students in this district. My goals are to assist in the growth of this district, the education of its students, and the overall morale of the teachers and employees.

The following candidates are running for the board of education seat currently held by Bob Kunis:

Bob Kunis Semi-retired businessman, resident of Monticello
Candidate statement:
Serving on a school board is an extremely important responsibility. Our primary charge is to create an environment to prepare future generations to be productive and contributing members of a rapidly changing global society. Education is going through a very difficult period of transition. It is crucial that our Board of Education be up to the task and provide the leadership to positively deal with these changes. My years of experience in both business and education, coupled with patience and common sense, have provided me with the necessary capabilities to help move our district forward. Thank you for your continued support.

Adrianna GrecoDirector of Student Activities, Assistant Professor at SUNY Sullivan, resident of Monticello
Candidate statement:
I am running for the Monticello School Board to ensure that each student receives an education that will prepare them for the 21st century. The future is coming quickly and we need to make sure that our children are armed with the necessary academic, social, physical, and co-curricular experiences and skills to be able to contribute productively to our community. As a member of the MCSD School Board, I will ensure that our students receive a quality, balanced education by holding all administrators, faculty and staff accountable by making decisions based on thorough analysis and grounded by integrity.


Susan Purcell is running unopposed:

Susan Purcell  – Dental Hygienist, resident of Mamakating
Candidate statement:
I am once again asking for your support as a Board of Education candidate. As a Board member for the past six years, I have experience with defining Board and district goals, developing a sound budget, and defining district policies. I understand the need for open communication with all stakeholders in the pursuit of attaining the best education for our students. I am an active and very involved parent, community educator, and student advocate, and recognize the Board’s responsibility to support and guarantee a quality education to students while being aware of the fiscal constraints to the taxpayers. Thank you for your continued support.