On Tuesday May 18, residents in the Skaneateles Central School District will head to Waterman Elementary to cast their vote for two Board of Education members.
With two seats open, this year's race includes three residents seeking votes -- incumbent D. Keith Krieger, Peter J. Nicholson and Thomas E. Lambdin. The Skaneateles Press recently caught up with each of the candidates to learn more about them, their background and what's driving them to seek public office.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 18 in the Waterman School Auditorium. Residents will be asked to vote for two Board of Education members, vote yes or no on the district's 2010-11 basic operating budget of $28,765,843 (Proposition I) and for the authorization to purchase two school buses not to exceed $210,000 (Proposition II). Local cost of the bus purchase after aid is an estimated $115,500.
Name: D. Keith Krieger
Family: Wife Kristi and two sons, Grant (third grade) and Garrett (kindergarten)
Profession: Vice president of XTO Incorporated
Education: I graduated from Skaneateles Central Schools in 1986. I then attended and graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1990 with an economics degree. I did some MBA degree work at the University of Rochester Simon School.
QUESTION: How long have you lived in the Skaneateles Central School District?
ANSWER: All my life. Born and raised in Skaneateles.
Q: How long have you been a member of the Board of Education?
A: Three years
Q: Why are you running for Board of Education?
A:I feel it is important to help sustain the high level of academics at SCS and to give back to the community in which I grew up.
Q: What, in your opinion, is the most important aspect of the public school system?
A: The kids in our district.