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 Christopher Patrick's responses:
Years in district: Seven years
BOE Experience: None
Experience in education: I have not been a teacher within a school district. I have been an instructor in the Navy. I trained enlisted officer and civilian personnel in the theory, operation and maintenance of naval nuclear reactors. This involved developing lesson plans for the various topics covered, teaching the topics in both group and individual settings, evaluating student performance, mentoring students and finally determining if the student would continue in the program. At my current employer, I lead the development of a skills-for-pay system for the maintenance department. This required extensive interaction with vendors and staff to develop the necessary training material and implement the training process. I currently conduct annual OSHA safety training for my shift team, which covers about 20 topics.
What makes you qualified to serve on the Baldwinsville Board of Education?
I have 20 years of experience in manufacturing, maintenance and training in both the private and government sectors. I believe my broad background provides me with the skills and critical thinking necessary to have a positive impact on the school district in all of the facets of its operation.