Name: Peter Balzani
Years living in district: 30
Do you, or have you had children who attended Maine-Endwell Schools? Yes
In what school district, or community activities/organizations have you been involved:
I substitute teach in Chenenago Valley School District.; St. James parish council/lector/ eucharistic minister, and Binghamton Umpire Association.
Why are you running for the Board of Education?
I am running to continue to provide a premier education to all students and to provide a stable financial base that ensures budgets that will be supported by the community now and in the future.
What particular experience, or skills, have prepared you to serve as a board member?
My past 3 years on the Board.
Substitute teaching has allowed me to better understand the full and important role teachers provide in the classrooms and after school to support their students.
I believe my past career of public service with New York State working with people with disabilities and nursing home residents has helped me understand the academic and health /safety rules and regulations for school districts.
What attributes and behaviors are essential for school board members?
I believe listening skills, being approachable and honest and the ability to work with others, to make decisions to form a consensus that the board can support are essential attributes for a school board member.
What is your vision for education in this community?
My vision is that every student that graduates will not only find a rewarding occupation , but also a vocation of life-long community service that allows them to see the value of every person, of helping others, and making their community a better place to live.
How does a school board balance the need to provide a quality education with the need to respond to the local taxpayer burden?
The two needs are balanced by engaging the community, asking for their input , listening to their responses, being open and transparent about the decisions and explain why the decisions are/were made.