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BoE Spotlight: JE candidate Connie Drake

Connie, her husband Matt, and their two children, Emily, 10, and Amelya, 2, reside on Limeledge Road in Elbridge.

Connie is a West Genesee graduate. Her husband Matt is a lifelong resident and graduate of JE. He is also a part owner of Acrolite, a fiber optic company in Elbridge. They live in the Jordan-Elbridge community because their family roots are here and because the community has so much to offer. - From the JE Eagle Eye newsletter

Briefly describe your involvement with the school district in the last five years.

I began volunteering regularly in the district when my oldest began elementary school. I have also attended school board meetings and informational sessions to learn about the district. I was chosen to assist in interviewing a recent open position as a community voice. My husband and I also have worked with the kids in the JE Recreation League, and the JE Lacrosse Club.

What is your motivation for running for a position on the school board?

I simply want the best for the children of JE. School is a very stable place in these stressful times for them, and I am hoping to continue to give them academic excellence. I also am a taxpayer/family business owner in the district, and I want to ensure that we do all we can to be accountable for how we manage the district financially. I believe that I have taken the time to learn about the Board process, and am excited to give back to the community in this way.

With two meetings a month, the board is relatively limited in what it can accomplish. How should the board decide what is most important?

The Board has a very strict schedule. Members are given agendas prior so that any questions may be asked prior to the meeting. From what I have seen, they come prepared, and seem to be able to address a multitude of issues bi weekly. Occasionally, I may see something pushed to a later time, but that is usually due to outside situations.

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