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Candidate profile: Martin T. Lalka, Frontier School Board

martinlalkaSchool district: Frontier

Age: 61

Town (current residence): Hamburg

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I am currently retired from the United States Post Office and a disabled Veteran of the United States Army. Currently, I participate in many school district activities including Vice-president of the Board Of Education, member of the Audit Committee, member of Safe Schools Committee and the District Calendar Committee . I also attend many sporting and educational events. Over the last nine years, I have been a member of the Student Achievement Committee, Transportation Committee, Negotiations and hiring of personnel for various positions in the school. district.

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 60

Incumbent: Yes

If yes, how long have you served on the school board?: 9 years

Have you run for office before?  Yes

If yes, please list your election history:

Completed the term of a member who resigned ran for my own seat and was successful for a five year term ran and was elected to complete a year of another member who resigned

Please tell us about yourself.:

I believe that the purpose of a school district is to provide the best education for the children to educate them as responsible and competent members of the workforce in a global and technological society. This needs to happen in a financially responsible way so that taxpayers can afford their taxes and the district can remain financially sound.

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

Financial Stability - it is every Board Members responsibility to ensure the district is financially sound. Safe- with all the violence that is happening in the world, we must keep our schools safe. The schools continue to have safety drills, like the recent active shooter drill at the high school to be prepared Student Achievement-needs to be monitored and improve continuously. All of our schools are in good standing and one is a NYS Rewards School and a National School of Excellence

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

New York State has always been a state of high standards beginning with the Regents exams. Common Core Standards are good but students should not be over tested. Teacher accountability should not be tied to student testing. State tests are only 1 day in the year and should be seen as such. There are many variables that can happen on any given day. Evaluation of teachers and students needs to occur over time and should happen at the school level.

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