Board of education seeking candidates for May election

— The seven-member Cazenovia Board of Education has two seats up for election in May, and the board is asking interested community members to consider running.

The announcement was made at the board’s March 18 regular meeting.

“The school is a reflection of the community and it is what we make it. We are always seeking motivated board candidates that are interested in helping our school continue to achieve excellent results while understanding and meeting the needs of the community,” said BOE President Fritz Koennecke. “Being a board member is both rewarding and challenging. Board members must solicit input from the community, understand the board’s power and limitations and be accountable to the public with every annual budget vote. At the same time we get to enjoy the successes of every kid that benefits from our efforts.”

Koennecke has decided not to run for reelection after serving two terms, and BOE member Kathy Hahn is running for reelection, they confirmed to the Cazenovia Republican.

School board terms are for three years. Interested potential candidates can obtain petitions to run from the school district office, 31 Emory Ave. Candidates must obtain at least 25 public signatures in order to run. Petitions must be submitted to the district office by April 19 to be eligible for the ballot.

Currently, two candidate petitions have been requested from the district office, said district secretary Pat Marzeski

The board of education election is slated for May 22, which is also the vote for voter approval of the district’s 2013-14 budget.

Also at the meeting:

—Two district parents spoke during the public comment period of the BOE meeting and expressed support and appreciation to Superintendent Bob Dubik for the way he handled the terrorism threat during the recent high school students’ trip to Peru as well as to the chaperones who were on the trip.

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