SANBORN – Only newcomers are seeking election to the Niagara Wheatfield School Board this year.
The three candidates running for the two seats have never served on the board while the two board members who were up for re-election have declined to run. Members Lori Pittman and Amy Deull are not seeking re-election.
First on the ballot for one of the three-year terms is Julie Fago, who described herself as “an average parent” but one who has been actively involved in the school district. With two children still attending Niagara Wheatfield and one graduated, she has served in several capacities such as a member of the board’s capital projects committee and as president of the Errick Road Elementary School parents group for the past four years. Living on Wilrose Court for the past 15 years, she has “walked the budget” door-to-door to get residents to vote to support the budget.
An advocate of modified sports and the middle school clubs, she said she was pleased both items were put back into the budget following the increase in state funding. In addition, she said she wants to pursue new food allergy policies in the district schools as her son has severe allergic reactions to some foods.
Next is Robert McDermott, a product and operations manager, who has lived in the district for 30 years and admitted he has “no agenda” in his campaign but explained he wants to stay “open minded.” A member of the Town of Niagara Zoning Board for four years, he served on the Niagara Wheatfield Athletic Association for eight years and ran the district soccer program.
He has had children go through the district and is looking forward to seeing his granddaughter “coming up soon” and entering kindergarten in a few years. “I want to make sure everything is in place,” he noted. “I always look at the long range.”
His goal is to make sure the schools “take care of all the kids” and give them the tools to have them “live up to their potential.”
The last candidate on the ballot is John Petrozzi of Thornwoods Drive in Niagara Falls. Attempts to reach him for a profile were unsuccessful.
Residents can vote at the adult learning center from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at 2292 Saunders Settlement Road.