April 15, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 21 Board candidates (continued from page 7) the New Jersey Association for Student Assistance Professionals and the American Counseling Association. Lein, seeking her second term on the board, said in a previous statement that her priority is to ensure that every child in the Midland Park School system receives the best education possible. She is a member of the Church of the Nativity Parish, where she volunteers as a CCD teacher and is a former member of the Nativity Moms Group. She also served as the co-chair of the Cultural Arts Committee in the PTA. A graduate of Ramapo College with a degree in Business Administration, she is a staff accountant on a part-time basis with Mills & DeFilippis, CPAs. Schiffer also focused on the board’s efforts to balance cost and lost revenues with educational priorities. “The 2009-2010 budget is a reflection of the times and has been a constant job to make cuts but not affect the instructional needs of our students. I believe that the budget put forward as it stands will benefit both the taxpayer and the students of Midland Park,” said Schiffer. “The information that The Board of Education has brought forward during the tentative budget and the budget hearing showed cuts of almost $400,000. This was on top of the fact that the finance committee and the Business Administrator had already cut a number of non-instructional items. The cuts made at the two meetings reflected two retirements, one leave of absence, maintenance, supplies, capital improvements and a reduction in administrative salaries.” Schiffer has served on the board for 21 years and is its current vice-president. He is the founder and managing director of Wasco Capital Services, an equipment leasing and financing company in Glen Rock. He is a former president of the Midland Park Board of Recreation, the Girls Softball League and the High School Boosters Association, and co-founded the Midland Park Basketball Association. Sullivan sympathized with the frustrations felt by taxpayers who must deal with tax increases to run schools while they suffer the effects of the recession or a job loss in a state in need of property tax reform. He said volunteers and school employees can ease the pain. “There’s no easy solution to this, but a great deal of help can come from both volunteers in the community and the employees of our school district. Midland Park Schools have benefited from a number of community-based initiatives such as the Education Foundation, PTA and the Recreation Athletic Associations. These volunteers have donated their time and money to improve the educational offerings and facilities that benefit the children of our community. This needs to continue and grow to help offset the reduction in revenues,” said Sullivan. “Our dedicated employees can also help by having realistic expectations during contract negotiations. Sacrifices should be made so as not to affect student instruction.” Sullivan, seeking his second term, is vice president of sales at Unimac Graphics in Carlstadt, a commercial printing company. He is treasurer of the MPHS Boosters Association, a former president, vice president and treasurer of the Midland Park Baseball Association, and has coached baseball, basketball and soccer for the town recreation program and Nativity CYO. He is a former Den Leader for Pack 157 and ran the Pinewood Derby for 10 years. The board’s tentative budget of $19,581,346, up 3.16 percent over the current year, will be up for election as well. The amount to be raised by taxation, $16,623,104, is up $633,462 , an increase of 3.96 percent. Taxes on the average home assessed at $300,000 would go up by $222.97. Primary contest (continued from page 6) on the council at the end of this year, has decided not to seek reelection to the council. “I would like to thank the residents of Franklin Lakes for allowing me the privilege of serving them for the last two years,” Greer said last week. “I feel that we have made great strides in ensuring that the town is managed in a more fiscally responsible manner, that town governance is more open and transparent and that the municipal facilities and services meet the demands of all residents. I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish and look forward to further contributing to our town as I serve out the balance of my term. “I have chosen not to seek reelection so that I might focus more on my family and business. 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