BoE Spotlight: WG candidate Kimberly A. Sacco

Kimberly Sacco is a 38-year-old mother of one son, Tyler, who is attending fifth grade at Onondaga Road Elementary and resident of the West Genesee School District from 1973 to 1995 and 2005-present. She is a 1988 West Genesee High School graduate, and attended Fairmount and Stonehedge Elementary and West Genesee Junior High Schools. She graduated from Colgate University in 1993 with a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and Native American Studies and is currently seeking Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor and Credentialed Prevention Professional through NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. Sacco is an Advancing Youth Development Specialist and Certified Trainer and Certified Instructor-NYS DMV Drunk Driver Program.She is currently the executive director of Syracuse Onondaga Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission.

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

- Active member of the Onondaga Road Elementary PTA- volunteering at the school and at various out-of-school fundraisers.

- Co-room parent of my son's fifth grade class

- Participant in Alumni Marching Band's Memorial Day performance every five years (last being 2006)

- Annual participant in Camillus' Race for Respect

- Attend & support numerous events for children of family and friends at various schools within the WG district.

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

Simply, my motivation is my son and the fact that I truly enjoy public service. My professional youth development training and hands-on experience working with youth, in combination with my studies of research based best-practice strategies created the perfect opportunity for me to apply my professional knowledge to my personal involvement in my school district at this specific time. The research indicates pre-teen and early adolescence years are a crucial period in the development of a young person's brain. Because education and the school environment are integral agents in this development, I will work to ensure the policies governing our school district provide each student the accessibility to every opportunity to become a successful, well-experienced and healthy-minded graduate of West Genesee.

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