To The Editor:
I am writing this letter to once again ask for the support of my community as a candidate for reelection to the Fulton Board of Education on May 16.
During my 12 years of board service (between 2001 and 2017), I have done my best to represent all of the members of our community and school district. I have advocated for our district’s needs at the State and the Federal levels.
Over the course of the last eight years, there have been many changes and challenges for all schools in New York State (a downturn in our economy resulting in staffing reductions in our schools and a loss of student programs, the very unpopular implementation of the Common Core learning Standards and controversial change to teacher evaluation).
These changes and challenges that were imposed on all school districts and their respective stakeholder groups in New York State reinforce the need for strong and engaged leadership at the local level for public education, and it has been my privilege and pleasure to serve my community as a member of the Fulton Board of Education.
My commitment is and has always been to be a dedicated elected official, who puts the needs of all students and members of our community, first.
As is often the case when new candidates seek election to an office or current officials seek reelection, informed voters wish to know as much about the candidates before them.
I expect that those who know me best and those with whom I have served know me to be a person who prizes and displays ethical leadership, and that I act with integrity (adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty).
I have no single issue for which I am running but to continue to provide opportunities for all of our students to be more than college or career ready.
On a personal note, I do not have any relatives employed by the Fulton City School District, although my extended family and I have lived in the community for more than four decades.
I have never applied for employment with the district in my professional career, and I have not used my position to influence the employment of any family member or friend by the school district.
I have continued to support our teachers and administrators in the daily work they do through the board’s adoption of policy and review of student and district data in my role as a member of the board. In no way, shape nor form, have I or will I ever seek to serve our school district for personal gain.
Please remember to vote on May 16.
I want to thank you in advance for your consideration and support.
David Cordone, Fulton BOE Candidate