Three Baldwinsville Board of Education seats are up for election this year with four candidates vying for the three seats.
The candidates are incumbents Lawrence Ordway (current vice president) and Joan Reeves, as well as contenders Kenneth Dwyer and Steve Schweitzer. Current board member Greg Hudson has decided not to run.
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 18 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 Lawrence Ordway's responses:
Lawrence Micha Ordway
Years living in Baldwinsville:
"I have lived in Baldwinsville since 1999 (11 years). I decided to move to Baldwinsville because it reminded me so much of my hometown of Plaistow. I met my wife Kristen (Boivin) Ordway shortly after moving to Baldwinsville and decided to make Baldwinsville my home."
"I have been on the board for six years (in June) and am currently its vice president."
Experience in the Educational Field:
"I am not a professional educator, but I have gained a significant amount of experience through being a member of the board and simply by paying attention. In the interest of full disclosure, my wife is a middle school teacher in another school district, and I have learned quite a bit about education from her."
What makes you qualified to serve on the Baldwinsville Board of Education?
"I am qualified to serve on the board due in part to my six years on the board itself and my many years of experience as an attorney practicing in the area of labor and employment. During my time on the board, I have learned how extremely complicated it is to operate a school district and to develop a budget that provides funding for both the programs that service our students' educational needs and that is fiscally sound. School districts are charged with balancing their primary goal of providing a high quality education to students with its fiscal responsibilities to taxpayers. Balancing these seemingly counter-opposed purposes has become increasingly difficult in light of the fiscal challenges facing New York."