On Lindenhurst residents will not only cast their votes for or against a the Board of Education approved on April 13, but they will also decide which of the running for the board will fill three seats up for vote that day.
The six candidates – two incumbents and four challengers – sat down with Lindenhurst Patch ahead of their debut at the moderated portion of the and by on April 27.
All six – Ed Murphy, Jr., Charles Clyne, Robert Spero, Julie Ann Bartolomeo, Valerie McKenna and Phil Renna – discussed why they were running, their experience and qualifications for a board seat, what they feel is the most important issue during this year’s budget process and what they hope to accomplish if they win a seat on the board.
The video profile series continues with what Julie Ann Bartolomeo had to say about her candidacy, why she’s running and this year’s school budget process. And listed below is a bit of background on the candidate.
Bartolomeo has lived in Lindenhurst for the past 22 years with her husband of 22 years and her son, an eighth-grader at the middle school, and daughter, a sophomore at the high school.
“As a parent and a taxpayer I have a vested interest in preserving the school district, providing a solid education for all students and ensuring the district operates in a highly effective and fiscally sound manner,” she said, adding, “My primary goal is to be a powerful advocate for all children.”
To that end, Bartolomeo’s been working as a special education aide at E.W. Bower elementary school for the past nine years, and is currently a member of the LHS PTSA and the second vice president of the Lindenhurst Council of PTAs.
“I will work with the staff, PTA and others to apply for grants and seek sponsorships from community businesses and individuals to fund programs and activities that can no longer be supported by the budget,” she noted.
Bartolomeo was also an executive board member of the Alleghany Avenue PTA, where she served as recording and corresponding secretary and Council delegate. She chaired several committees, including board of education, scholarship, historian, beautification, plant sale and Coats for Kids.
She’s also sat on the LMS PTA executive board as Council delegate and chaired several committees, including board of education, ways and means, beautification and plant sale.
“I’m running because I feel I can make a difference,” said Bartolomeo, who’s also volunteered at the OLPH religious education program for the past 10 years, and has coached in the Lindenhurst Soccer League for the past five years. She’s also served as the league’s second vice president, recording secretary, director of fields and director of equipment.
Bartolomeo supports the current budget because she feels the programs are necessary for the children to achieve academically, but feels the community needs more suitable budgets going forward otherwise the kids will lose out.
“The main increases have all been contractual, so the focus should be on the five bargaining units [with which the board has been and will be negotiating come June] and trying to get some more back for the kids,” she said.
“We can no longer rely on the local, state or federal governments to subsidize our educational programs. We also cannot keep raising taxes year after year and adding to our economic burden,” she concluded. “We need to rebuild trust in our community and meet future challenges together as a team of students, parents, taxpayers and educators.”
Bartolomeo running against Spero for seat one, noted the .
Her profile is part of the series of that have been posted on Lindenhurst Patch in no particular order since May 2 to allow residents to make an informed decision on about who they want representing them on the BOE – the official policy-making body of the school district consisting of nine residents elected by the community to serve overlapping, unpaid terms of three years.