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Bassano Seeks Fifth Term on White Plains BOE

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Peter Bassano is uncontested in his bid for a fifth term on the White Plains Board of Education.

The 23-year White Plains resident is an attorney with the firm Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, which has its main office in White Plains. He has a bachelor of science degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Pace University. His two children have been educated in White Plains schools.

Bassano, 56, has served on the board since 2002. He serves on the Human Resources Committee and was a member of the district’s Annual Budget Committee. He is on the Board of Directors of White Plains Little League, and is a member of the Pace Law School Board of Visitors.

The school board election and budget vote are Tuesday, and polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. Also running are Rose Lovitch and James Hricay .

Tell us about yourself and your family:

I'm married; my wife’s name is Jenine. I have two children; both went through White Plains schools, kindergarten through high school. One is a senior at Cornell University and one is a freshman at SUNY New Paltz.

Why are you running for the White Plains school board?

I've been on the board for 10 years. After this election, I will be the most senior board member. And we have put into place some new initiatives and I want to see them through. We have a lot of new people in the district, a relatively new superintendent and lots of new principals. I think my institutional memory and experience is probably important right now.

What are the biggest issues facing the school district today?

We’re on the precipice of significant changes in the way we teach our children. Technology is changing the way people communicate and it certainly affects the way classrooms are run. So there are lots of changes in that regard. There are mandated changes coming down from state and federal governments, and the state Education Department. There are changes in the way we finance education. We're still in the middle of an economic crisis, so it’s imperative that every penny be spent wisely. And the biggest issue is, ‘how do we allot our resources to make sure that every kid gets the best education we can afford?’

If elected, what would you do to address them?

I’ve been on the board for 10 years, so there are no new and dramatic changes. We've taken a lot of significant steps toward improving student education, and we’re going to be taking more and we want to make sure these new initiatives are properly implemented and evaluated. Those are the big issues.

Is there anything else you would like to accomplish if elected?

If I can improve student achievement, that’s the whole ball of wax.

Registered voters can cast their ballots at one of the following locations:

Ridgeway School, Highlands Middle School, Church Street School, Battle Hill Fire Station No. 5, Rochambeau School and Mamaroneck Avenue School.

Call 914-422-2000 to find your polling location.

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