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Candidate profile: Edward P. Sandell, Lockport City School Board

School district: Lockport

Age: 58

Town (current residence): Lockport

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I am currently an engineer working at General Motors in Lockport. I have spent 37 years there in various positions. I have held positions in engineering, purchasing, manufacturing and program management. I have also held many roles in a volunteer capacity. Currently I sit on the board of directors for the Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union as the Treasurer. I was a school board trustee for Lockport Schools from 2007-2013. I have also volunteered for United Way, SAE and as a volunteer to the Cornerstone CFCU before becoming a board member.  I am volunteering as a Lock-Tender for the Flight of Five.

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 37

Incumbent: No

Have you run for office before? Yes

If yes, please list your election history:

Elected in 2007 and 2010 to the Lockport School District. Placed 4th in 2013 out of 6 candidates running for 3 seats.

Please tell us about yourself:

I am a community minded individual. I enjoy volunteering where I can make a difference. I have a high level of interest in education. Not only did my children attend Lockport Schools but my wife was a teacher and currently an administrator in the district. Having been a board member I am passionate about what I can contribute to the education process.

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

There are several top issues: Common Core, the purchase of land for athletic fields and discipline at some of the schools (especially North Park Middle School).

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

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

This is a difficult question to answer with one word. There are many aspects of NYS public education that is on track. The fact that the state tends to be metric driven is good. The biggest issue I have is with the Common Core requirements and how it was implemented. I believe it should have been done in one or a few district first until the process was perfected. Then it could have been rolled out with many of the issues address. There are so many problems with it that it may be time to start over with a better approach.

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