April 18, 2017
On the day of this year's budget vote (May 16), district voters will elect one candidate to the Board of
Education to fill one expiring term. The
incumbent, Ernest W. Kuehl, Jr. is running unopposed, and his
submitted candidate profile can be found below. The three-year term
commences in July.
Ernest W. Kuehl, Jr. has been a resident of
the Middleburgh Central School District for 34 years. He retired
from teaching physics five years ago, and is involved with Our
Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, serves as financial
secretary of the Knights of Columbus Council 4475 and volunteers
at the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville -- in addition to his
current work on the MCS Board of Education. Mr. Kuehl attended
Power Memorial Academy in New York City, earned his Bachelor's
degree in physics from Stony Brook University, and received his
Master's degree from New York University in science education.
Mr. Kuehl has two children -- Michael, a 2006 graduate of the
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Sarah, a 2008 graduate
of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Submitted statement from Mr. Kuehl:
"Challenges continue to confront the
School District on all sides:
financial, social, curricular, and technological. I feel that I
have made a contribution in these areas.
As the independent voice
on the Board, one of my roles is to ask questions and point out
potential problems. Prior to the identification as a FOCUS
District, I had already raised several of the issues cited as
problems by the
Addressing problem areas will lead to an improvement in teaching
I strongly believe that Middleburgh students deserve the
academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities that will enable
them to be competitive in the college application process as
well as be competent and self-disciplined enough to enter the
workforce. The Board of Education must set high standards for
teachers, students, staff, and, yes, parents. The traditions,
pride, and intimacy of a small school demand that all citizens
voice opinions and help set priorities and policies for the
District. One surprise to me upon joining the Board was the lack
of communications from the community. Very few take advantage of
the “Public Comment” portion of the monthly Board meetings and
letters and emails to the Board are rare. I encourage everyone
to take part in the budget vote on May 16.
As a fiscal conservative, I pledge to use our resources
wisely. Regrettably, the Board of Education has been unable to
add programs and still stay under the property “tax cap.”
However, the state has failed to do its part by not providing
mandate relief. Within this constraint, we must continue to
scrutinize all areas of spending.
We must be careful to not increase the burden on the
taxpayers, especially in light of the declining school
population. We must continue to work with our legislators as
they make schools the top priority in
Albany. Taxpayers need to lobby our
elected officials until there is a complete overhaul of the
complex state aid formula and the antiquated equalization
rate-based property tax system."