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Candidate profile: David M. Yoviene, Hamburg School Board

Dave-YovieneSchool district: Hamburg

Age: 59

Town (current residence): Orchard Park

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

Community Involvement: -Volunteer at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy -Current Board Member of Hamburg School Board -Past president of Hamburg School Board -Member of Erie County Assc. Of School Board Legislative Committee -Recipient of Erie County Assc. Of School Board Rising Star Award -Active Member of Hamburg PTSA -Member of Hamburg Parent-Child Connection Committee -Current and past member of Hamburg Budget Ambassadors Committee -Member of Hamburg School Transportation Committee -Attended 2015 WNY Education Law Conference

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 59

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:

Just School Board 3 years ago

Please tell us about yourself:

: Married 30 years to wife Karen, Son Daniel (14) currently attending HMS , Daughter Natalie and David both past graduates of Hamburg High School Businessman in Buffalo for 35 years I am a life-long resident of the Hamburg School District. Graduated from HHS in 1975

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

I wish to continue to be a strong advocate for our students and teachers. I am committed to a vision of high student achievement and effective instruction. I believe the board of education should work effectively as a team and conduct district business in a fair, respectful and responsible manner. Our Superintendent has mapped out an outstanding Educational Strategic Plan for the present and future of our school district. It would be a pleasure to work along with my fellow board members to assist in implementing this exciting educational endeavor.

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

I believe things are trending in a more positive direction in Albany and at The State Education Dept. However, parents, school districts and teachers still do not trust The State Education Dept. They certainly do not trust what they read in the Buffalo News or hear from our Governor. The Opt-Out Movement proves this point. Our public schools have been decimated by harmful cuts to our state funding. Hopefully, those days are over. Certainly,we are looking forward to working with a more friendlier State Education Dept. One that puts student achievement ahead of politics.

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