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Candidate profile: Dawn M. Lawley, Grand Island School Board

dawn-lawleySchool district: Grand Island

Age: 45

Town (current residence): Grand Island

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

Occupation: Underwriter for HR Keller and Company - coached softball on Grand Island -coached soccer on Grand Island -managed Grand Island soccer teams -taught religion classes, St. Stephens on Grand Island I

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 34

Incumbent: No

Have you run for office before? No

Please tell us about yourself:

I am a long time resident of Grand Island and a 1988 graduate of Grand Island High School. I received my bachelor degree in psychology and social science from UB and have worked int he insurance industry for the past 25+ years. My husband Kirk and I both share a love for Grand Island and chose to raise our two children here. Our son Jake is a class of 2013 graduate and is in his third year at SUNY Oswego. Our daughter Julia is currently a senior at GIHS and will attend Duquesne University in the fall. Having both children graduate from GIHS I feel that I now have the time and energy to give back to a school district and community that I feel is one of the best around.

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

The Grand Island School District is focused on its budget, contracts and Common Core.How best to accomplish this work as a Board member is to create a shared vision for the future of education. This is achieved by creating healthy relationships with administration and employees and partnerships with the community.I grew up on Grand Island, attended their schools and together with my husband, we are raising our family here.I have a personal interest in preserving and improving the quality of our school system for current and future students. Working together with fellow board members and the superintendent, we will set a positive tone, which in turn, will set the stage for stronger ties between all stakeholders.

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

Public education in NY has been subject to great scrutiny with issues such as common core, assessments, test opt outs, teacher evaluations, certificate requirements, tenure guidelines and funding, to name a few. With continued modification, commitment and effort- which we have seen recently- I believe New York is headed in the right direction

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