Leah Cushing and her husband, Robert, live in Kirkville. They have three children who are ESM graduates.
Mrs. Cushing is the postmaster in Minoa for the U.S. Postal Service and is also an ESM graduate. She has a bachelor of arts in psychology from Syracuse University. She is serving her second 4-year term on the ESM Board of Education.
Philosophy of Education:
The purpose of education is to provide the necessary tools and resources to insure that children develop the skills and knowledge needed to begin their adult lives. With the current job shortage, a good education is more important than ever.
The duty of a school board is to provide education; while insuring that funds provided by taxpayers are used responsibly and efficiently. It is important to serve the needs of every child and to keep in mind that each child has different needs and abilities. We need to recognize that not every child can or wants to go to college. It is essential to insure all children are well prepared for their future.
ESM has an excellent pre-k program which provides fundamentals for early learning and a comprehensive high school providing technical, career and college preparatory programs. It is important to examine district expenses in order to preserve successful programs without overburdening taxpayers. I believe my skills as Postmaster and fiscal manager can well serve the school board.
A good school district is essential to the community as it attracts new residents and encourages graduates to return with their families. As ESM graduates, my husband and I chose to raise our children in the district. I want to see continued excellence in education at ESM.