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Candidate profile: Jill M. Jolley, Depew School Board

Jill-WiechSchool district: Depew

Age: 37

Town (current residence): Cheektowaga

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

Physician Assistant

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 3

Incumbent: No

Have you run for office before? No

Please tell us about yourself:

I am a wife and mother of three boys, age 6, 3 and 6 months, who wants to see the Depew School System continue to grow and succeed.

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

I feel that we should have smaller class sizes especially in the elementary age children. I would try to look for more ways in the budget to accomplish this. Also would like to see more community involvement by incorporating a senior/ veteran program allowing no or reduced cost card so they can enjoy the sporting events and programs that the school district offer.

Do you think public education in New York is headed in the right direction? No

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

As a product of public education I am an advocate for a strong educational system. There are major flaws in what we are trying to accomplish at this time especially with the testing and state curriculum. Going forward in the active process there should be more local control of the curriculum and better assessments for quality education.

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