After serving 15 years on the West Genesee Board of Education, Karen Baracco attended her last meeting on June 20. She joined the board in 1992 and decided not to run for re-election in May. During her tenure on the board, she was vice-president for three years and president for six years.
"I am very excited and proud about all of the changes that have occurred over the past 15 years and I felt it was time to give someone else an opportunity to serve on this very special board," Baracco said. She and her husband Charles appreciate the educational experiences that their three children, Nicole, Chuck, and Michael received at West Genesee and they are extremely proud of their career accomplishments. She was also active in PTO at Split Rock Elementary School where she served as the president.
When Baracco last ran for re-election in May 2004, each candidate was asked why they wished to serve. Baracco answered, "It has been an evolving process to lift West Genesee to its status as an organization that provides outstanding educational opportunities for children. I am proud of the role I have played in helping to set the foundation and implement plans that have given cause to celebrate learning."
When she announced her retirement earlier this year, Board Vice-President Tim Bates praised her leadership as board president stating, "Karen has been an outstanding advocate for our district and the children of West Genesee. Her personal caring and respect for the people she has come in contact with has been key to our success. We thank her for her commitment to excellence." "Baracco is an individual who inspires others to reach beyond what they believe they are capable of achieving. Her perseverance, commitment, and optimism nurture an educational environment where teaching and learning thrive," said former Superentendant Rudolph Rubeis. "West Genesee is a better place for children because of her inspiration."