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Baecher Running for Re-Election to Board of Ed

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Eileen Baecher is seeking re-election to the board of education as president and said her past experiences are what make her the best candidate.

“I think understanding what goes on throughout the school system and having had kids go through the entire thing now K-12 gives me a good idea of what’s going on in the schools and my financial background helps to look at budgets and consider tradeoffs financially and sort of analyze it,” Baecher said.

The 54-year-old Baecher, who has been on the board for six years, is married and has three children and has lived in Hastings for the past 18 years. Having served as president for the past two years, Baecher said there is one accomplishment she is particularly proud of.

“We reduced the rate of growth in the budget and we’ve been able to do it without sacrificing the quality of what we’re doing and that requires negotiations, a lot of questioning, taking a look at what we’re really doing and making sure we’re doing it efficiently,” she said.

With a new face coming in to lead the district this summer, Baecher said it’s one of her goals to see that transition through.

“I think my biggest goal is to help the incoming superintendent get off to a good start,” she said. “I was part of the strategic planning initiative that took place six, seven years ago just before I got on the board. That was another reason I was interested in being on (the board) because I had spent a lot of time in that process and trying to plan for the district so I’d like to be able to carry some of that forward.”

Balancing the finances is one of the biggest issues Baecher said she would like to tackle if re-elected to the board.

“I think financially there’s a big clash between our ability to finance what we’re doing and the things that we want to do so I’d continue to work on trying to reign in the underlying cost structures that we have,” she said. “In a world where you have limited revenues you really have to take a look to make sure you’re using them wisely. There are small pockets of things that we can take a look at.”

Baecher and incumbents Donna Laing and Lindsey Hicks are running unopposed for three open seats on the board of education. Voting will be held on Tuesday, May 15 in the village.

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