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Candidate profile: James P. Schmitt, Newfane School Board

james-schmittSchool district: Newfane

Age: 38

Town (current residence): Newfane

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I currently work as a Clinical Cytogenetic Technologist.

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 30

Incumbent: Yes

If yes, how long have you served on the school board? 3

Have you run for office before? Yes

If yes, please list your election history:

2013 - Elected to Newfane Board of Education

Please tell us about yourself:

I am a graduate of Newfane Senior High School. I attended Canisius College where I received a Bachelors of Science in Biology as well as Secondary Education. After graduation I taught for five years, before I decided to pursue a career in science. I currently work as a Clinical Cytogenetic Technologist. We moved back to Newfane so that our children (age 6 and 7) can attend Newfane Central School district and will experience many of the wonderful opportunities that the school has to offer.

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

My main goal is to ensure that our children have the best education within the best possible learning environment as well as opening and maintaining effective means of communication and cooperation from the Newfane Board of education with the community, staff, and administration.

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

I would prefer not to answer this question as simply a yes or no. I believe that many changes are put in place with good intentions but are left in place even when the original objective is not met. I think with new leadership in the State Education department and including teachers in policy making will help to improve public education in our state.

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