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Jason Mehler

Candidate for Rye Trustee

3 Walker Avenue Rye, NY 10580

Incumbent: No

Age: 49

Employment: Realtor/Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker, William Raveis Real Estate, former accountant, auditor, budget/tax specialist. My business experience – including my work as a Corporate Controller - includes budgeting, management, and financial planning.

Education: BS in Professional Accounting

Tenure: I have been a resident of Rye for 13 years. I am a 48 year resident of Westchester County.

jmehler@aol.com
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Q&A

Election Central: Why are you running for office or seeking re-election?

Mehler: While the district faces a $3.8 million budget shortfall, waste continues. As a real estate agent in this community, not a day goes by that I don't hear complaints from seniors, especially those on a fixed income, that this present board acts as though it holds a blank check. While resources for many necessary programs and services have been cut, the board continues to make irrational decisions about where to spend our money. This type of behavior HAS TO STOP.

Superintendent Alvarez repeatedly uses the term "fiscal responsibility" in his email blasts and newspaper articles but in reality, none is demonstrated. My business experience – including my work as a Corporate Controller - includes budgeting, management, and financial planning. I will bring skills and talents that are crucial to any governing organization and sorely lacking from this board.

Since the start of Superintendent Alvarez’s regime, treatment of our teachers – the people who spend 8 hours a day caring for, nurturing, and educating our children – has reached an all-time low. He has created a culture of fear in our schools that must end. I fully support the teachers and believe we must repair the damaged relationship between teachers and the board.

Somewhere along the way our district and board has lost sight of what matters – our children. Please cast your vote for me and send a message that children still come first in the Rye schools.

Election Central: What in your personal, civic or professional experience recommends your election or return to office?

Mehler: Currently serving second three-year term on Rye Town Park Advisory Committee; currently on Rye Recreation Commission. School Volunteer. American Red Cross Volunteer.

Election Central: What would be your top three priorities if you are elected or re-elected?

Mehler: 1) Rebuilding the relationships between the board, administration and the teachers.

Faculty morale is at an all time low at this district. I fully support the teachers and will make sure these great educators are never in fear of losing their jobs.

2) Implementation of mandates such as APPR (the new teacher evaluation system) and the common core curriculum.

We all want higher standards. The common core has become a massive, untested experiment nationwide which will eventually affect property tax increases to pay for it down the road.

The common core sounds like a great idea in theory. However, in practice is flawed.

The website itself- “Engage NY”- has many mistakes. There are typos and mistakes within the texts itself. The website is inconsistent between grades.

The curriculum itself is boring, dry, dull and inappropriate. It encourages teachers to use very bland worksheets. Education should be moving away from worksheets.

All teachers are now just teaching to take the test.

In Rye - we are implementing common core inconsistently, the complete opposite of what is the focus of the common core. Some schools are not using any common core modules, while another school is following the modules to the word.

The common core is big business.

Once on the board, I will support a resolution calling for the state to implement a 3 year moratorium on the common core testing.

3) Maintaining Services and Programs while keeping taxes low.

I will bring skills and talents that are crucial to any governing organization and sorely lacking on this board. I will do everything possible to stop the waste and keep taxes low, never cut programs and services, show respect to every parent, taxpayer, student, administrator and employee that seeks my advice.