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Candidate profile: Jason A. Wilhelm, Royalton-Hartland School Board

Jason-WilhelmSchool district: Royalton-Hartland

Age: 36

Town (current residence): Middleport

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I work for Erie 1 Boces as a Micro-Computer Technical Support Technician. I often am the AV Technician at events at Barker Central schools. I have been a director/video-grapher/editor at a local Community Cable access TV station for 19 years, and have been active in the field of technology, music, media and education. I often lead church services, from preparing and playing the music to writing and delivering hommily messages.

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 4

Incumbent: No

Have you run for office before? No

Please tell us about yourself:

I have been married for 16 years and we are the proud parents of two children that will be going to Roy-Hart School District when they are old enough. My son will be attending Kindergarten this fall. I often keep myself busy from being a husband and parent to my day job, to fixing computers for people, to DJ'ing weddings and corporate events to playing in bands as a hobby. To just resting at my home with my family.

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

We live in a information sharing society and rely on technology to get us by in our daily lives. An area that I will address as a board member is technology for staff and students. Working in education for so long, I have seen what works and doesn't work in different sized districts. Realizing one goal, that is to provide the best educational resources and tools. Making the Roy-hart students thrive and leave a positive legacy for our future kids of the district. To make the feedback of our community positive and to have families moving to our district because of the domino effect of positive changes. I will do my best to be that small piece of a larger puzzle representing the Royhart community and district.

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

I feel that the bar is set so high that the mandates at times seem unreasonable and can be frustrating to students and teachers that almost sets them up for failure. Back when we were kids It was stressful enough to solve math problems and other areas of education. Now with "new regulations" it makes it increasingly difficult for all parties: students, teachers, and parents. On the flip side, everyone needs structure. Students, teachers, administrators, parents. A guideline is good for all but it needs to be flexible so that stress levels decrease for all.

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