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In profile: Cazenovia Board of Education election candidates

— The 2014 Cazenovia Board of Education election on Tuesday, May 20, will have three candidates vying for two seats on the board. Incumbents Leigh Baldwin and Jan Woodworth are both seeking reelection to second terms, while challenger Abby Hartwell is seeking a first term.

The BOE is a seven-member board with each member serving a three-year term. Board elections are held on an at-large basis. The two candidates who receive the highest number of votes will be elected to new terms on the board beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2017. BOE members receive no salary.

The candidates gave personal and background information to the school district public information officer for use in the district’s “Blue and Gold” newsletter, and answered questions from the Cazenovia Republican concerning educational issues, priorities and philosophy.

Leigh Baldwin

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Leigh Baldwin

Background:

District resident of 27 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colgate University. He and his wife, Susan, have three children, two of whom are grown and one who is a sixth-grader at Cazenovia Middle School.

Profession/community activities

Owner of Leigh Baldwin & Co., an investment firm with offices throughout Central New York and northeastern Pennsylvania. He is a minority owner of the Syracuse Crunch professional hockey team and a former member of the Syracuse Opera board.

Why are you running for school board?

Because a strong school district is the most important factor in having a vibrant village of our size.

What do you see as the issues that face, as well as the top priorities for, the school board in the coming years?

The primary issue for our district is the combination of lower enrollment and higher costs that are threatening our student and teacher offerings.

What are your personal priorities to achieve or subjects to address if you are elected to the board?

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