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 Kevin M. Bernstein's responses:
Years living in Baldwinsville: 17 years
BOE Experience: I joined the board in July 2000.
Experience in the Educational Field: I have experience in education in several different ways. While at law school, I substitute taught history and social studies at the local high school. After graduating law school, I taught at Vermont Law School for two years. My wife Lauri is a special education teacher by training. I have taught at a University College program for paralegals. Finally, as a member of the board of education for the last nine years, I have learned a great deal about every aspect of education.
What makes you qualified to serve on the Baldwinsville Board of Education?
First, my experience on the board of education and in the community. Second, my experience in business and finance. Third, the fact that I am a taxpayer sensitive to the ever-increasing tax burden upon members of this community. Fourth, under my leadership, we have seen a school district flourish in terms of test scores, curriculum development, staff development, academic and athletic achievement.