As a constituent services officer, Michelle Corkadel represents County Executive Steve Schuh in councilmanic districts 4 and 7.
Now Corkadel wants to represent her home district on the county Board of Education. She filed for election to the District 7 seat on Tuesday.
The Selby Bay resident said she will bring a fiscally conservative voice to the body, saying the school system needs to drastically change the way local and state tax dollars are spent.
Corkadel served as chairwoman of the county’s Planning Advisory Board from 2007 to 2009, where she said she made key recommendations to reform county spending.
“I will continue the conservative approach of reforming the procurement process and identify targeted savings,” she said in a media release. “My goal as your representative is to reallocate resources back to the classroom.”
Corkadel also has her eyes on the county’s increasing population.
“We need to recognize that and make sure we are planning well for that future,” she said.
She also said more can be done to improve special education services and services for English language learners.
In her role as a constituent services officer, she has heard from residents that they often don’t mind the answers they get from the school system when an issue crops up — what they do mind is the delivery.
The people who work in the school system’s headquarters want to help others, she said, but policies and procedures need to be adjusted to allow them to provide compassionate, individualized answers.
This will be the first Board of Education elections in the county. Members from council districts 1, 4, 5 and 7 will be elected this year, and serve for six years. There will be another election in 2020 for districts 2, 3 and 6, and those winners will serve four years. In 2024, all seats will be on the ballot with four-year terms.
The candidates will be on the ballots in their respective districts in the general election in November.