Eight challenge for three school board seats
Eight candidates filed petitions by Monday’s deadline to run for three seats on the West Seneca Board of Education in this year’s election, to be held Tuesday, May 16. Each seat carries a three-year term.
Incumbents Carol Jarczyk and Janice Dalbo will face five newcomers to the race, and one familiar face — Rodney Montgomery.
Montgomery served on the board for one term, losing his seat in 2014 to Lauren Nicholas. Nicholas will not run for re-election.
Petitioners include Diane Beres, Lisa Breidenstein, Matthew Poole, Lawrence Seibert and Ryan Taughrin.
Poole has spent much of the past year sitting in on both school and West Seneca Town Board meetings. He is a senior at West Seneca West High School.
Breidenstein, a district parent, has served previously as a member of the District Parent Council and co-chairwoman of the 21st Century Commission.
Beres has served as director of West Seneca’s Youth Engaged in Service program. She is also involved with the West Seneca Woman’s Club, Kiwanis and the Burchfield Nature & Art Center.
Jarczyk has served four terms on the board, and Dalbo has served nine terms.
The eight will gather for a “Meet the Candidates” night at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, in the auditorium at West Seneca West Middle School, 395 Center Road.
At the event, the public will have an opportunity to hear from potential School Board members as candidates are asked a variety of questions.
Hosted by the District Parent Council, the event provides a platform for candidates to communicate their values within the West Seneca community prior to the election.