Pine Bush to ask about election zone legality

Posted By on May 14, 2014

District would be split to elect separate members

The 396-unit housing development being built in Bloomingburg on Winterton Road by developer Shalom Lamm.JOHN DeSANTO/Times Herald-Record

Published: 2:00 AM - 05/14/14 Last updated: 1:57 PM - 05/14/14

PINE BUSH Could a bloc of new Hasidic voters in Bloomingburg or any group in any area of the district take over the Pine Bush school board?

Fears of that happening is one reason a proposal that the district be divided into zones to elect separate members of the Board of Education has become a major issue among candidates for the school board.

Three of the four candidates for the two open seats support the move, with the fourth saying the idea should at least be explored. But they all say that the original proposal advanced by a leader of the group against a private girls school that would serve the 396-home Hasidic development in Bloomingburg is no longer just about Bloomingburg.

Tuesday, the four candidates for two open seats on the Pine Bush school board also discussed the rollout of Common Core.

"Like building an airplane in mid-air," says Marianne Serratore about the standardized nationwide curriculum.

"About as effective as the rollout of Obamacare," says Eric Meier.

But while Serratore - an elementary school principal who's been "extensively trained" in Common Core - believes "high standards are a good thing," she and Becky Christner also feel Common Core has "too many standards."

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Pine Bush to ask about election zone legality

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