A 19-year-old University at Buffalo sophomore has landed a seat on the Frontier Board of Education.
Davis Podkulski, a 2012 Frontier graduate, was the top vote getter in a three-way race for two seats on the board. Incumbent Janet Plarr also won a seat, while incumbent Jack Chiappone was unseated.
“I have a lot of passion for the school, and I just want to get our students the best education, while also making sure that our taxpayers get the best value for their money,” Podkulski said from his home in Hamburg Tuesday night, where he was celebrating with family. “I’m really excited for this opportunity.”
Podkulski is no stranger to running a campaign in the school district. When he was a senior, he said, he fought to get a student representative on the school board. He was also voted the student with the “most Falcon pride.”
“I know a lot of people in the community,” said Podkulski, who is studying political science and business administration with a core in international business. “I’ve always had an interest in politics, but also education.”
Podkulski still has three siblings in the district, one at the high school, one at the middle school and one in elementary school.