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Savitt Looking to Build on Blind Brook School Board

RYE BROOK, N.Y. - Although newly elected Blind Brook Board of Education member Dan Savitt said his decision to run for the board was an easy one, that didn't mean the father of two Ridge Street Elementary students actually expected to win.

"I certainly wanted to win, but in terms of expectations, I just wanted to make a good showing," Savitt said. "This was my first campaign, and people were really receptive. It was a great feeling; there were three great candidates and it was nice to get such support from the community."

Savitt is looking forward to serving on the board for the next three years and spoke about the importance of continuing, but building upon, the board's current mission.

"The board approach for the last three years has been a combination of doing what they can to minimize the tax increase while maintaining programming," Savitt said. "It's a tough challenge, and we have to support the board on what they've done. We have to continue that, but I think there are areas to improve."

One of the areas Savitt singled out was communication and public perception. Savitt also spoke about retaining administrators and the difficulties of the 2 percent tax cap.

"I'm on record saying I'm not a fan of the two percent tax cap," Savitt said. "It's a bit of a sham because it doesn't come with the correlating mandate relief."

Savitt said a coordinated and creative solutions-oreinted approach is the best way to overcome the potential challenges of the tax cap.

"Who knows what might come up down the road. We might have to make some tough decisions," Savitt said. "It’s a matter of getting everyone on board with clearly defined goals and coming up with innovative and creative ways to achieve them."

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