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Wayne Post
  • Gananda school election information

  • Gananda voters will be asked to choose three candidates for school board as well as approve or decline the proposed budget.

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  • Lynda Dermady
    51
    Homemaker.
    Worked at Key Bank for 20 years. Former school board member.
    Graduated from Penfield High School; associate’s degree from MCC,  bachelor of science degree in business administration from RIT. Is vice president of membership for Gananda Parent Teacher Student Association; coordinator of Foundations of the Future, at the middle and high schools, for Gananda Dollars for Scholars; treasurer for Gananda Sports Boosters; member of Friends of Walworth Parks.
     
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    We need to prioritize the educational programs and expectations from the community and listen to and communicate with all state holders.
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    My experience as a parent of students and my volunteer involvement connects me to the community, by providing me with a perspective on what the interests, concerns and needs are, of residents who live in our district.
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
    Maintain programs without significantly increasing spending. Continue to look at sharing services and developing and implementing a long-range strategic plan. The main thing is the children and their learning.
    Stephen Nims
    46
    Technical project manager at Thomson Reuters. Board incumbent.
    Bachelor of science degree in math from the United States Naval Academy, master of business administration degree from the University of Rochester.
     
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    I believe there are ways to regionalize certain services to save money, things that aren’t closest to students, like food services or transportation.
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    I am a firm believer in public education. I came through public education and through the Naval Academy. Through my work experience I can offer ways to bring people together to get things done. I have been on the school board for six years. It takes time to learn how to be a board member. I am now able to contribute at a higher level.
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
    Over the past year, the board worked on a strategic plan. I would like to be able to move forward with it. Changes in the district and in the budget are holding us back. I think rallying people behind the plan and moving forward with it is the biggest issue.
    Page 2 of 2 - Charles Rothfuss
    68
    Retired national sales manager for Seneca Foods; board incumbent.
    Bachelor of science and master of science degrees from the University of Rochester.
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    The uncertain financial situation of the state and all government entities is difficult. Put together a five-year plan. Tough decisions will have to be made.
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    I have had six years experience on the school board. I can give an independent view, without children in the schools.
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
    The ongoing issue for schools is quality of education and preparing children for an ever changing world.
    Amy Suchan
    43
    Director of finance at Paychex, Inc.; 20 years of finance and accounting in public auditing and corporate accounting; 10 years in key management and leadership roles; board incumbent; board incumbent.
    Bachelor of science degree in accounting.
    Questions
    With the financial issues facing all school districts, how do you propose balancing strong education and responsibilities to taxpayers?
    Now, more than ever, it is critical that we have a plan to guide the district through the next several years, in order to remain financially stable without significant impact on the taxpayers and avoid situations that would adversely impact the education of students. We need to continue to think of creative ways to reduce costs of administration and capital and explore cost effective ways to enhance academic programs through use of technology and partnering with other districts.
    What makes you uniquely qualified to sit on the Board of Education?
    My professional background in auditing, accounting and finance and strong analytical skills add an element of expertise to the board of education that would not exist otherwise. 
    Beyond the budget, what is the biggest issue facing your district, and how would you solve it?
    Striving for high student achievement and graduation rates should always be at the forefront of measuring the success of the district. I believe that conducting focused cause and effect analysis of results and identifying action plans to improve outcomes each year, will drive increased results.
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