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Wayne Post
  • Lyons election information

  • Lyons voters will be asked to choose one school board candidate and approve or decline the proposed budget.

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  • Howard Albrecht Jr.
    48
    Organic farmer. Owns and operates How-Alli Hill Farm.
    Graduated from Lyons. Has owned and operated a business since 1979, a trucking business until the 1990s and now How-Alli Hill Farm.
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    We need to continue what is being done for the education of children and focus on the things that are important. Things that aren’t pertaining to education are at a lower priority and could be shelved until later, when the economy turns around. I’m a taxpayer in the district. We need to cut back in places that won’t hurt the education of the students.
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    Owning and operating a business for so long has given me experience in managing a budget and planning ahead, looking far enough into the financial future.
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
    We’ve seen a decrease in class sizes. We have to take a look at why and see if it can be prevented.
    Thomas Herendeen
    59
    Manager of Ohmann Theater in Lyons; semi retired computer systems engineer; certified electrician.
    Worked for Nortell Networks with global account responsibilities and budgets exceeding $40 million. Has had experience in human resources and budgetary planning. Is the treasurer and the chairperson of buildings and grounds for Grace Episcopal Church in Lyons.
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    We need to look at where we are spending money. Some expenditures are mandated by Albany, so we have no choice but to spend. Discretionary programs and staff not under teacher contracts, need to be looked at. With any project, we need to question whether or not it helps students grow into adulthood. If it doesn’t help Lyons, we have to stand up and say “no”.
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    I have an outside perspective, since I didn’t grow up in Lyons. In my career, I worked for a multinational corporation. I can see the big picture.
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
    There are ongoing issues with whites, blacks and to a lesser extent, Hispanics. Some doing the discipline are afraid of creating situations and are uneven, or unequal, in their discipline. Each child should be treated as an individual and helped to grow to their full potential.
    Page 2 of 3 - Gehrig Lohrmann
    37
    Service manager with Canandaigua National Bank and Trust.
    Graduated from Lyons; received an associates degree in liberal arts from Finger Lakes Community College; is a Rotarian; sits on the committee for Special Education at Lyons School District; coached Little League Softball in Lyons for seven years.
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    The board has to give teachers and administrators the tools to do their jobs. I’m a taxpayer, so want the most bang for my buck. I think next year’s budget is going to be tougher and tighter. I also have two kids in the school district. I can’t sell their future short. Let’s look at everything. If the budget would need to be trimmed, we should consider an area that would have the lowest impact on the children.
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    My 14 years of banking service qualifies me. I’m a member of the community. I grew up here and have lived here my whole life. My children will graduate from the Lyons schools. I’m deeply committed to the community. I like to give and this is a perfect opportunity for me to give back to the community.
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
    Each school district has always stood alone and done its own thing. To survive in the next years, they will have to network and share services, such as transportation, food services and special education services. In working together, they may find more in common, the same problems or concerns and may learn from each other and grow. I also want to see a plan for increased student graduations.
    Crystal West
    30
    Account clerk for Wayne County Public Health.
    Working toward a bachelor of science degree.
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    I believe that we need to work to keep the budget equal and fight to get as much state aid at possible. The budget next year will be easier to balance. I would like not to see any more down sizing or any more cuts.
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    My main reason for running is because I have a lot of heart. I will have another 20 years invested in this school. My youngest son is only 2-years-old. I hate to see it all be about politics. It should also be about heart.
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    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
    I’m still learning a lot about the issues at hand. The school district has been working closely with the Lyons Community Center. Some of this has had to be cut, due to the budget. I would like to see that relationship continue.
    April Wilhelm
    38
    Head Start, Universal Pre-Kindergarten teacher in the Lyons community for seven years.
    Masters degree in education, certified as a UPK teacher through sixth grade.
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    Budget cuts are affecting every school in New York state. I want Lyons to actively seek opportunities to get federal money, as well as look for opportunities to partner with the private sector and other school districts to share resources and obtain grant money. Lyons should seek out opportunities to supplement funding sources locally and from the state. If cuts are required, we need to preserve high-quality teachers and classroom instruction, but possibly look at freezing pay raises and even cutting pay of high paid administration.
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    I am certified as a teacher with a masters degree in education. I’m familiar with policies, procedures and technology. I’m also a taxpayer and a parent. I want children to succeed and grow and develop. I have been board chairman for Junior Lyons Football and Cheerleading program for three years.
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
    It is important to ensure that our students are learning skills, such as technology, they will need as 21st century citizens. As we become a global community and information is updated and changed every three to five years, our students need to evaluate, reason and analyze information. We need to stimulate and engage students in developing problem solving, communicating and producing skills. I would support using Smart Boards and many others types of technology.

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