Three candidates are seeking two seats on the Sweet Home School Board. The News invited candidates in contested races to tell voters why they should vote for them.
We moved into the Sweet Home District 16 years ago. My wife Karen and I have three daughters and two grandchildren.
As Vice-President of the Retail Division of The Reid Group I am responsible for the operation of a chain of 46 convenience stores in WNY and Northwest PA. We have over 600 associates throughout our company including our corporate staff.
I have served as both Vice-President and President of the School Board in the past.
During the past ten years this Board’s foremost focus was student achievement, as well as developing Professional Learning Communities.
This Board has brought a culture of thrift through very difficult times over the past few budget sessions. Through it all our focus has been on what is best for the children of the Sweet Home District. As a business person I believe I have consistently challenged our existing practices to see how we can deliver a high level of service at the best possible price, knowing that we are working with children and not a manufactured product.
An individual accomplishment I will mention is receiving the NYSSBA Master of Boardsmanship Award. A goal of mine over the past ten years has been to take advantage of the many learning opportunities on how to be an effective School Board member. This award is representative of that goal. Currently there are only 2% of the School Board members in the entire state that have received this distinction.
I ask for the opportunity to serve another five years. Together we can make a difference in the lives of the children of the Sweet Home School District.
I am proud to have served on the Sweet Home Board of Education for the past five years — two as Vice President, and this past year as its President. During those years I have worked with my Board colleagues as a team committed to balancing the needs of our students and taxpayers. I have remained steadfast in our goal to effectively, efficiently and responsibly use the financial support of our community to ensure that all of our students are prepared to face the challenges of their futures, whether in college classrooms, the world of work or in service to our country.
Particularly in these tough economic times, we need to use our resources thoughtfully. By visiting our schools on a regular basis, participating in the Districts Audit, Health and Safety, and Professional Development Planning Committees, I believe I have acquired a solid understanding of how our District works. By dialoguing with our many and varied stakeholders, I continue to strive to make the best use of our time, talent, finances and resources to do what is best for our kids.
I have lived in the Sweet Home district for 23 years and am an RN in the Milliard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Surgical Care Unit, and remain active in the community as a member of the Amherst Youth Town Board. I most recently received the 2012 Sid Oberacker Volunteer Award. My husband Christopher is a Sr. Systems Consultant. We are both UB graduates and have two daughters — Beth Anne, a Sweet Home graduate and current freshman at Canisius College, and Becky, a sophomore at Sweet Home High School.
I promise that I will continue to work hard to move our District forward so our kids can compete in a global economy. I humbly ask for your support so I can continue representing you on the Sweet Home School Board.
I have been a resident of the Sweet Home District for all my life, residing in the district with my wife, Patricia, and children Justin and Joshua. My oldest child, Jessica is an attorney currently living in Long Island, NY. I work as a Financial Consultant and Assistant District Manager for AXA Advisors in Williamsville, and prior to that spent 20 years in the environmental field.
I am a proud graduate of Sweet Home Senior High (Class of ’81), as are my children, Jessica class of 2005, Justin class of 2008 and Joshua class of 2011. My wife Patricia is employed by the District as a Library Media Specialist. My hobbies include golfing, bowling, and studying financial subjects.
My goal in running for the Board is to utilize my business background to aid the district in navigating the educational and financial concerns it faces over the years to come.