Meet the Liverpool Board of Education candidates

Don spent more than 25 years working in commercial underwriting and management for Aetna Casualty in Syracuse and recently retired from 10 years of service with the American Heart Association as the director of planned giving for New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Cook also served for four years as a councilman in the town of Salina and several years on the Salina Zoning Board of Appeals. Don's philosophy as a board member revolves around the concern about balancing the interests of all the constituencies the Board serves.

Students, faculty, administration and community as a whole must all be considered and involved in the decisions that are made. He believes that as we continue through a very difficult fiscal time all these areas must have a voice in the process and help to formulate a program.

He also believes we have only scratched the surface on creative ways to work collaboratively with our neighboring districts to cut expenses while at the same time delivering more opportunity.

Don and his wife Jacky are originally from New Jersey, moving here in 1973. He is a graduate of Rutgers University. Don's wife has retired from LCSD after more than 20 years of service at Liverpool Middle as both a teacher and a teaching assistant.

John Kennedy - Longtime community member

John Kennedy is a political newcomer seeking his first elected position with the Liverpool Schools Board of Education. He and his wife Christine have lived in Liverpool for 30 years and have educated their four children at Soule Road Elementary, Soule Road Middle and Liverpool High School. All four children went on to graduate from college and have either received, or are pursuing, their advanced degrees.

John is co-founder and senior partner in Hawthorne Consulting, a process engineering consulting firm established in 2003. John and his partners at Hawthorne have worked with many local and national firms in identifying and eliminating waste, reducing costs and improving services. Hawthorne's client list has included Onondaga County, Oswego County, Tompkins County,

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