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 Steven Schweitzer's responses:
Steven P. Schweitzer
Years living in Baldwinsville:
"I, along with my wife, Kim, and two children, have been residents of Baldwinsville since 1993."
"I have not previously served on a Board of Education, but understand the board's roles, responsibilities and functions."
Experience in the Educational Field:
"I was a part-time instructor teaching an evening class in basic electricity at OCM BOCES while working full-time as a project engineer."
What makes you qualified to serve on the Baldwinsville Board of Education?
"I have 28 years of work experience, the last 10 years working closely with state government. My background in the engineering field, state government and private business along with my demonstrated leadership skills as a lieutenant in the volunteer fire service offers a well-rounded experience base that will compliment the existing board membership."
What are the issues facing the Baldwinsville Central School District?
"The Baldwinsville Central School District faces two significant and immediate challenges: (1) cut in financial aid, and (2) rising costs. Also, continued improvements in communications with students, taxpayers and district employees along with routine school visits by board members are imperative."