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Casey only candidate for Piseco BOE

Friday, May 09, 2014 - Updated: 5:26 PM

By CRISTINE MEIXNER

Editor

PISECO -- Susan Casey is the only candidate for the Piseco Common School District Board of Trustees this year.

The school will hold its annual vote Tuesday, May 20, from 12-8 p.m. One person will be elected to a three-year term on the board.

Casey's term expires June 30. She was elected in August of 2013 to fill William Edwards' seat after he resigned mid-term.

Casey, 63, was elected in August of 2013 to fill William Edwards' seat after he resigned. She is now running for a full three-year term in office.

She graduated Midwood High School in Brooklyn and attended Manhattan Community College to study accounting and Staten Island Community College to study nursing.

She worked for various hospitals before becoming self-employed as a landlord. She has long experience in the retail field, most recently as owner of Beacon Wearhouse in Gloversville, which she sold recently.

She is running to ensure fiscal responsibility on the school board. "You can't run a school district where things are done 'because that's the way it was always done,'" she says.

Since being elected she has been involved in hiring a new superintendent of schools, establishing a modern voting system and encouraging public participation. "The board has made the community's ideas more inclusive in the way we discuss things and our decisions," she says.

As qualifications Casey cites being the parent of four grown children, a grandparent with grandchildren in various grades, and her business sense and financial aptitude "to see the financial side of running a building even though our children are tuitioned out."

She feels the top two issues facing the school district are "keeping a budget where taxes are minimal and hopefully stay that way" and "knowing our children are getting the best education we can give them and involving parents in their education."

She says she will "keep working in harmony with the other board members and superintendent."

She and husband John have four children, Stephani Casey, Jacquelyn Grier, Randee Rusch and Chad Taback; and three dogs, Soffie, Penny and Luci.

     

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