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April 21, 2014

Niagara-Wheatfield school board candidate Daniel Haick concerned over district's direction

Niagara Gazette — Daniel Haick, Ph.D., said he’s running for Niagara-Wheatfield school board this May because he has a number of concerns within the district.

A Class of 1999 graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield, he said speaking to parents, students, business owners, military veterans and educators pushed him to take his experience in educational leadership to the campaign trail. They all expressed some form of concern, he said, about “increased taxes, cuts in extracurricular education programs, spending, lack of district and fiscal transparency, reductions to kindergarten and a complete disregard for the what is best for kids mentality.” 

He said he’s a firm believer in education for district children and also responsible to the taxpayers who fund it.

“I take great pride in our community and I am very concerned over our school tax bill and how that money is spent. In these still-tough economic times, I will not support any proposed tax increases unless it is justified with concrete, researched evidence based (on) benefits and future cost savings. I will never use scare tactics to jeopardize my integrity, your integrity or anyone else’s integrity. I believe in district and fiscal transparency and student focused budgeting.”

Haick, a North Tonawanda resident, is a licensed professional educator, researcher, and college professor with an associate degree in business administration, bachelor’s degree in business and marketing, a masters degree in business and marketing education, a certificate of advanced study in teacher leadership and a doctorate in educational leadership.

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