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: Pete Nicholson
Family: Wife of 22 years, Mary Jo, daughters Kathryn, 10, and Molly, 4
Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, LeMoyne College; Masters of Science in Education, SUNY Oswego
QUESTION: How long have you lived in the Skaneateles Central School District?
ANSWER: 10 years
Q: Why are you running for Board of Education?
A: I would strive to ensure the continued high excellence of the education system at Skaneateles Central School, while maintaining a level of affordability for the common person. I also want to take on a greater role in the education process of all students in the district.
Q: What, in your opinion, is the most important aspect of the public school system?
A: Educating our children to be productive members of our society.
Q: If you were to be elected, do you have an agenda for when you take your seat on the board? What is on that agenda?