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Candidate profile: Lorry L. Goldhawk, Amherst School Board

lorry_goldhawkSchool district: Amherst

Age: 41

Town (current residence): Amherst

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I am a Human Resources Consultant and active volunteer in the district. I have served in multiple roles (including President, VP of fundraising, Book Fair chair and more) on the Windermere PTA, and continue to volunteer for the PTA and Windermere Leadership Team. In addition to being a member of the Amherst Board of Education, I serve on the Board's Transportation, Policy, and Alternative Funding committees. I am also a member of the Amherst Tobacco-Free Retailing Committee.

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 13

Incumbent: Yes

If yes, how long have you served on the school board?: 2 years

Have you run for office before? Yes

If yes, please list your election history:

I was elected two years ago to the Amherst School Board. I was also elected President and VP of the PTA, and elected to various positions on the Board of the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association.

Please tell us about yourself:

I received two degrees (Management/HR, and Psychology) from the University at Buffalo, and I have two Human Resources certifications. Previously, I served for more than four years on the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association, and was a volunteer with Junior Achievement. My husband Matthew and I are WNY natives and we have two children, Riley (11) attends Amherst Middle School, and Declan (9) attends Windermere Blvd Elementary School.

Please describe the top issues facing your school district and how you would address them as a school board member:

The district has been financially proactive and responsible and we have a balanced budget this year, but based on projections, we will be facing structural deficits in the coming years. We will have to strike a balance between being fiscally responsible and continuing to provide the high standard of education and programs that our district is used to. Increased advocacy efforts will help to ensure that the state financially supports the mandates they put forth and ensure that education remains a top priority in NY.

Do you think public education in New York is headed in the right direction? Yes

Please explain why, in 100 words or less.:

I feel the Common Core standards can help create excellence over time in NY and the high expectations will ensure our kids have the best opportunities to succeed. As an active classroom volunteer, I see the amazing teachers and administrators in Amherst working with the standards to develop curriculum, increase the rigor in the classrooms, and watch our kids hit these high goals. Students at all levels are meeting and exceeding the goals of the curriculum that has been developed to reflect the Common Core standards.

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