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Salamanca school district ready for budget vote and election of board members

SALAMANCA – With the annual budget vote coming up on May 20, not only will the school’s $27.6 million budget be up for vote, but two seats on the board will be up for vote, with two candidates on the ballot.

The Salamanca City Central School District will be holding their budget vote and board of education member election on May 20, from noon-9 p.m. in the Junior/Senior High School Gymnasium. Absentee ballots can be obtained by calling the District Clerk at 945-2400 ext. 4025.

The tax levy is going down by nearly 30 percent, after three years of maintaining a flat rate. The decrease is due to casino revenue and federal impact aid.

Incumbent Theresa Ray will seek another five-year term on the board. Her three daughters go to school in the district. She has been active in Salamanca civic organizations, serving as secretary for Prospect Elementary School PTA from 2004 until 2009, Treasurer of Salamanca Youth Activities organization and a coach for Salamanca Aquatics and an officer for the Salamanca Sabres PeeWee and Midget football league.

“I have always held a belief that I can sit back and watch other people make decisions regarding my children or I can get involved and become the decision maker,” she said.

Ray is a 1986 graduate of Salamanca High School and a 1991 SUNY Fredonia graduate, holding a B.A. in Business Administration and currently holds a position with the Seneca Nation Fiscal Affairs department as the Assistant Comptroller.

“I believe a priority of our school district is to maintain the current level of quality teachers within our schools and focus on replacing those teachers who are retiring, with quality teachers and staff that directly affect the education of our children,” she said.

Also on the ballot is Salamanca resident, Zachary Tucker, whose son is a student in Prospect Elementary School.

“Running for School Board is a decision I have made based purely on my concerns for the school district and what I believe I can do to make a difference regarding the present and future students of the school district served,” he said. “Getting involved in the community has always been very important to me.”

He has been active in the community as a coach for Summer Youth Soccer, SYA basketball and travel league basketball, as well as Salamanca Merchants Baseball and a coach in the Salamanca Sabres PeeWee Football team.

“I feel that I will bring a knowledgeable younger perspective to the School Board, while also offering expertise and various opinions on the topics at hand,” he said.