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Candidate profile: Robert M. Shanahan, West Seneca School Board

Bob_ShanahanSchool district: West Seneca

Age: 42

Town (current residence): West Seneca

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I have been working in the Information Technology field for over 20 years, I am a CSEA member with Erie County Medical Center and have been working as a Network Analyst for almost 10 years, I am volunteering my time at Buffalo Arts Studio in the Tri-Main Center to assist with their Information Technology needs. For seven years and counting have been a volunteer coach with Hamburg X-Treme Girls Fastpitch Softball. My family and I enjoy attending school concerts, plays, and sporting events. We support local businesses in the community.

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:

I am a 42 year old resident of WNY. I have been married to my wife Sheila for 17 years. We have 4 beautiful daughters Kayla, Molly, Clare, and Erin. Born and raised in Buffalo, I received a public education and graduated from South Park High School as a member of the National Honor Society with a Regents Diploma. I then received my BS in Management Computer Information Systems from Canisius College. Technology is always changing, we constantly learn, adapt, and change to support our personal and professional needs.

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

As a school board member you need to understand every aspect of the problem realizing that you can't make changes overnight, however, you can adapt, start change and plan for the future. We need to be transparent and having the support of the community is critical. Students, Teachers and Administrators need a learning environment in which they have tools to succeed. We will focus on current issues, we need to take advantage of technology and have to lead our school systems into the next generation.

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less.:

I believe that public education is doing a good job, however, I feel the state as a whole has different socioeconomic and demographic issues each requiring different methods of change. We, the leaders of the communities, need to take all factors into consideration while trying to obtain the best course of actions for our school districts, while also meeting the challenges of the NYSED and Federal government. We need to understand core issues and make adjustments to create an environment that benefits the students, employees, and community members of our districts in WNY.

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