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 Cindy (Vicat) Cronin's responses:
Years living in Baldwinsville: 35 years
Board of Education Experience: none
Experience in the Educational Field: I hold NYS certification in French and business. I have been teaching at Nottingham High School in the Syracuse City School District for the past six years. Prior to teaching, I worked in sales and marketing and have an MBA from Syracuse University.
What makes you qualified to serve on the Baldwinsville Board of Education?
As candidate for the Baldwinsville Board of Education, I bring to the table several important qualifications. I am a parent, a taxpayer and a teacher with professional experience in both business and education. My previous experience in business coupled with my knowledge of the educational environment make me uniquely qualified to address the range of issues facing the board of education.
What are the issues facing the Baldwinsville Central School District?
I believe the biggest issue facing our district, in particular during these economic times, is the budget. However, we have another large issue facing our district: there is a very low level of confidence in the current Board of Education and the stakeholders in our community do not feel that their voices are being heard.