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Candidate profile: Saverio "Sam" F. Marrazzo, Orchard Park School Board

Saverio-Marrazzo.OPBOESchool district: Orchard Park

Age: 51

Town (current residence): Orchard Park

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

Current Chief Information Officer at Superior Group, Williamsville NY Board Member for InfoTech WNY, Buffalo NY

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 16

Incumbent: No

Have you run for office before? No


Please tell us about yourself:

Having lived in Orchard Park for the past 16 years I have volunteered in youth sports, school activities and have collaborated with various other business professionals in the community providing entrepreneurial guidance. I have two children who have gone through the district's education program from K-12 graduating in 2014 and 2016 respectively. As an executive professional, I have worked in the North Atlantic and Global markets for over 25 years. I bring experience, innovation, vision and the ability to find diverse cost effective solutions that preserve the values and mission of our school and residential community. My wife, Carla, is a former Board of Education member for 2 terms, 2007-2013.

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

My 3 Focused Positions: (1) EFFECTIVE solutions in cost savings utilizing technology and available funding for innovation, achievement and overall efficiencies. (2) SUPPORTIVE, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", but that doesn't mean we can't improve what we already know works. This is a solution in itself. (3) INNOVATE using technology and other programs and procedures to move curriculum and student achievement forward in preparation of the need for the local and global job market and preparation and development of learning, creative problem solving and application.

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

Schools are losing the focus of developing independent, creative thinkers. Students, including college graduates, enter the workforce with the lack of forward thinking skills, use of problem solving skills, and development of practical skills that can transcend boundaries of multiple skill sets. We need to provide more vocational education choices for students. Our core academic programs need to value integration of arts education providing opportunities for deeper thinking and higher learning. Students need to compete with the global students entering our universities from international ex-pat schools, foreign national students and students who have experienced international baccalaureate programs.

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