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WG BoE bids farewell to Bates, Lum

After serving eight years on the West Genesee Board of Education, Tim Bates attended his last meeting on June 17. During his tenure on the Board, he was Vice President for two years and President for two years.

When Bates last ran for re-election in May 2006, he stated, "I am proud of the academic success being demonstrated by the students in our district. As a district, we are careful to balance the cost of these programs with the needs of our students, making sure that the programs deliver results."

As he finished his terms he said, "I am excited about West Genesee's future. We need to recognize that West Genesee does so many things well -- from academically preparing our students for life beyond these walls, to effectively managing its finances, to providing opportunities for students outside of the classroom to connect and grow. With a successful transition of the District's leadership, West Genesee will continue to build on that foundation with renewed focus."

Superintendent Christopher Brown shared that, "It has been a pleasure to have worked with Mr. Bates. He is a true champion for education and an absolute team player. He will be missed."

Beth Lum retired after serving 20 years on the West Genesee Board of Education. During her tenure on the board, she has been involved with every aspect of board operations including serving as Vice President.

When Beth last ran for re-election in May 2006, she shared her belief in the importance of giving back to one's community and indicated "I have had the privilege of working with dedicated West Genesee staff and community members who continually work to improve the education of our students."

As she finished her term she said, "I am very excited and proud about how far our academic successes have progressed over the last 20 years and that West Genesee has positioned itself to be a leader in the educational community."

Bates and Lum were presented with gifts from the board, the superintendent, and from Michael Murphy, representing the Central New York School Boards Association.

Michael Alberts and Kimberly Sacco were elected in May to succeed Bates and Lum and will be sworn in at the next meeting on Wednesday July 1, at the high school library. A reorganizational meeting will precede the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

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