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Edgemont Meets School Board Candidates

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – A pair of school board nominees were on the hot seat this week, giving residents some insight into their soon-to-be representatives.

Jennifer Darger and Brian Yarrington fielded questions in front of a small crowd in the Greenville Elementary school cafeteria Wednesday during the annual candidates forum hosted by the Edgemont School Board Nominating Committee.

The pair, who will run unopposed for two seats on the board of education next month, gave their thoughts on everything from the 2 percent tax cap to the qualities they will bring to the board.

“I want the best for my children just like you want the best for your child,” Darger, a mother of five children and an active community volunteer, told the group.

Yarrington, who has two children in the district, raved about his experiences at Edgemont since moving to the area in 1999.

The pair will replace Trustee Lisa Wexler and current Board President Gerry Stoughton. Darger, a practicing attorney, said she believes their professional experiences will translate into success on the school board.

“I understand and appreciate the value of collective decision making,” Darger said. “I understand what it means to be respectful and to listen carefully to other people and to try and come to a consensus.”

Yarrington, a managing director at Citigroup with a doctorate degree in mathematics, said it would be important to keep district costs down in the years ahead.

“I know we don’t have unlimited resources,” Yarrington said. “We need to find a balance between providing the best education but realizing the community, the state and the nation are facing certain challenges.”

Both candidates finished up the hour-long session by laying out their visions for the future. Darger talked about the need for fresh faces in Edgemont leadership positions, adding that she would like to see updates of student accomplishments in school board emails and more implementation of technology in the district.

“I think that the use of technology is very helpful,” Darger said.

Yarrington agreed and talked about preserving the “Edgemont education.”

“This is a small district with small classes yet the opportunities it provides is of the breadth and depth usually only offered at larger districts,” he said. “That is what makes it an Edgemont education.”

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