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J-D voters: Meet your BOE candidates

Residents who live in the Jamesville-DeWitt School District will, next week, not only vote on the 2011-12 fiscal budget but also for candidates running for seats on their respective boards of education. The Jamesville-DeWitt School District has four candidates vying for three open seats on the BOE; two of those candidates, Tom Taylor and Samuel Young, are incumbents. The newcomers are Susan Petrosillo and Donald VanStry.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday May 17 in the J-DHS main gym atrium area.

Susan Petrosillo

Petrosillo and her husband Mike, who have three young children in the school district, have lived in DeWitt for six years. A 1988 graduate of Colgate University, she earned a Bachelor of Art in mathematical economics before obtaining a Master of Science/Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. In the mid-90s, she began to pursue a career in information technologies, which included work abroad. Currently, she works part time in Syracuse, managing technology projects.

Petrosillo said she is running for a seat on the board to represent the interests of elementary school parents as well as for residents who recognize the board will continue to make tough financial decisions going forward.

"I am community-focused, socially aware and fiscally responsible," Petrosillo said in a profile submitted to the district. "I am committed to using my broad business and life experiences to help the board identify non-traditional program solutions that maximize the use of existing revenues and identify revenue opportunities outside of taxes and state aid."

Donald VanStry

VanStry, a 10-year resident of DeWitt, has two children enrolled in the school district; his other two are graduates of J-DHS. A partner at the law firm of Weisberg, Zukher and VanStry PLLC, VanStry's practice includes adoption, education, criminal and family law.

"J-D is big enough to give our children a top-notch education, but still small enough that they receive a lot of personal attention and many choices of extra-curricular activities," he said in his district profile. "It is my hope that even in a time of financial hardships, that we as a school and a community can work together to continue providing this educational experience for our children."

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