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 Jim Goulet's responses:
Years living in Baldwinsville: 58 years
BOE Experience: None
Experience in the Educational Field: (a) Science teacher in the Baldwinsville School district for 32 years (b) Baldwinsville's head coach for girls' cross country, indoor track and field and spring track and field for 97 seasons.
What makes you qualified to serve on the Baldwinsville Board of Education?
I have experienced Baldwinsville's educational system under many hats - as a student (K-12), as a student athlete, as a substitute teacher, as a student teacher, as a teacher, as a supervisor of student teachers, as a coach, as a volunteer and as a retiree of the district. I think my experiences give many insights into what has worked and what has not worked in our district.
What are the issues facing the Baldwinsville Central School District?
There are many issues facing the district, but I believe some of the more important issues that need to be addressed are staff morale, a lack of communication between the current board and the staff and community, hiring and tenure practices, fiscal responsibility, respect for the opinions of all interested parties and the need for a reevaluation of some of the current educational programs and curriculum development.