Barbara Fraterrigo

GUILDERLAND — , who has served on the school board for a decade, is seeking another term.

She told The Enterprise earlier that she is most proud of the improvement in communication with the public during her tenure."We started televising the meetings and added an extra [public] comment period. We started having an early meeting on the budget," she said of a citizens session in the fall. "And now we have coffee klatches," she said of a recent initiative where pairs of board members talk to the public at a diner or a library.
Asked why she is running again, Fraterrigo said, "I enjoy trying to do everything we can to keep kids on the right track and be mindful of the taxpayers. I just love doing it."

Asked about her goals, Fraterrigo cited collective goals: The board this year set two priorities — to start foreign-language instruction in the elementary schools and to enhance technology education.
"We proudly proclaim we’re preparing our children for the 21st Century," said Fraterrigo, referencing the district’s slogan. "We’re on the right track. We may be slow and plodding, but we have our eye on the prize."
Pressed for her own personal goals, Fraterrigo said she would like to see community involvement with curriculum, perhaps having citizens serve on cabinets. "My father always said two heads are better than one," said Fraterrigo. "I like to hear from people and gather ideas."

Fraterrigo, who works as a manager of a doctor’s office, is a mother and a grandmother.

She was out of the country this week and could not be reached for comment. The Enterprise will run her comments on the issues after she returns.

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