Clarkstown School Board Candidates’ Second Opportunity To Speak About The Issues

2012 PTA Council Candidates Forum takes place tonight


The candidates running for the three Clarkstown School Board seats up for election get another opportunity to share their ideas with the public at tonight’s “2012 PTA Council Candidates Forum” night sponsored by the Clarkstown Council of PTAs.  The program begins at 7 p.m. at Felix Festa Middle School in West Nyack and is scheduled to end at 9:15 p.m.  The school board election and 2012-2013 school budget vote is May 15.

Joan Braunfotel, president of the PTA Council, provided the agenda for the evening. She will welcome everyone at 7 p.m. and serve as the forum moderator. The program will begin with each candidate giving an opening statement at approximately 7:10 p.m. Candidates are limited to one minute each for their remarks.

At approximately 7:15 p.m., questions submitted by the PTAs throughout the district will be asked of the candidates. Answers will be limited to 90 seconds. Questions will cover several categories: 

  • Ethics and Code of Conduct for Board Of Education members
  • School Budget
  • Policy
  • Open Meetings Law and Transparency
  • Role of A School Board Member
  • Curriculum
  • Parent Involvement

At approximately 8:15 p.m. questions from the audience will be asked. Candidate responses will be limited to approximately 90 seconds.  

For their closing statements scheduled for 9:15 p.m., candidates will be limited to two minutes each. However, Braunfotel notes if there is a large community showing for the program, the timing may be adjusted. 

All six candidates were invited to participate in the forum. As of Sunday evening, four candidates had responded they were attending: , and . The first forum was sponsored by the Clarkstown Taxpayers and was held at the Nanuet Library on Thursday, April 26.


Fitness Fly April 30, 2012 at 04:27 PM
What is Phil DeGaetano's educational background?
Joanie Taylor April 30, 2012 at 04:32 PM
It is really disgusting that the two incumbents, Donna Ehrenberg & Phil Degaetano, couldn't find the time to show up to a public forum last week, or apparently this week. Nor have they filled out the candidate forms for the Patch or Journal News. They are acting just like they do as board members. Personally, I think they are both afraid to face the public and answer questions. Is this what we want or our kids deserve? PLEASE, vote for anyone but an incumbent!!
Jonathan Swift April 30, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Surprise, surprise...Donna & Phil haven't yet stated if they are coming. I will make a statement right now that I hope they read: in my honest opinion, Donna & Phil, if you choose not to attend tonight's forum I think you need to step aside and let the 4 candidates who DO complete questionnaires and who DO attend public forums continue ahead while you finish your terms. The negativity associated with the 2 of you is becoming too much for our district. Thank you.
Overtaxed April 30, 2012 at 05:35 PM
will the two incumbents be attending?
Sigmund Freud April 30, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Who cares! They are now a part of our district's ugly past! Vote Wendy Adolff!
Clarkstown Resident & Parent April 30, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I think we should move on from the 2 incumbents and vote for the new folks! Wendy is amazing! She will represent Clarkstown with professionalism and integrity. She also cares about our kids (that's a big bonus)!! Mike and Chris look good too!
Mike Hirsch May 01, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I asked that question tonight. He is a High School graduate.
Rob May 01, 2012 at 04:46 AM
I bet the next group of people will also be chewed up and tossed in the garbage in due time. I can't stand politics. Nobody will ever be happy. It's funny...I know several people who have limited formal education and make a ton of money. Then there are those who have 3-master degrees, can't find work, have no money and are still sole searching.


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