The Board of Education seats are a hot commodity this year in Baldwinsville with six candidates vying for three seats.
The candidates are current Board President Kevin Bernstein, Cindy Cronin, James Goulet, Christopher Patrick, Burrill Wells and current board member Greg Wilcox.
Residents will have the opportunity to cast their votes during next week's budget vote and board election. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday May 19 in the auditorium of Baker High School at 29 E. Oneida St. in the village. Once elected by the public, the board members will elect the president and vice president during the annual organizational meeting in July.
The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed the candidates to see what issues they feel are facing the Baldwinsville Central School District. Featured below are candidate Burrill Wells' responses:
Years living in Baldwinsville: Life resident
BOE experience: 14 years, three as vice president (1994-2008) Citizens Budget Advisory Committee member - three years (1992-94)
Experience in the Educational Field: I have been a French teacher for the past five years. I taught for two years at Corcoran High School and the last three at Mexico Middle School, where I was just granted tenure. Other experiences have included teaching French at Syracuse University and working as a teacher assistant in special education at McNamara Elementary.
What makes you qualified to serve on the Baldwinsville Board of Education?
I have previous experience serving on both the Baldwinsville Board of Education and the Baldwinsville Village Board of Trustees. While pursuing my master of public administration at Syracuse University, I took courses such as public budgeting, public management, organization theory, decision making in government and administration, and public administration and law. I also have experience working in the life insurance, labor and non profit sectors.
What are the issues facing the Baldwinsville Central School District?