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May 15, 2014

Three candidates for two seats on Newfane school board

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — NEWFANE — Two spots on the Newfane school board are up for a vote at the same time as the district's May 20 budget vote. 

Board members Patrick Kilcullen and James "Mike" Little will run for re-election, as well as previous board member Joseph Flager. 

Kilcullen, 53, of Brown Road, has three children, two of whom have graduated from Newfane High School, and one who still attends. Kilcullen attended Niagara University for accounting and is employed at Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc., as chief financial officer. He has served on the school board for six years. 

The biggest issue facing the district right now is financial challenges, partially as a result of increasing fiscal costs and decreasing state funding, Kilcullen said. 

"We have to continue to balance the needs of students with the needs of taxpayers, while making sure we keep a variety of programs in the schools," Kilcullen said. 

Kilcullen said he believes the district's greatest strength lies in its personnel. 

"Between teachers and administrators, we have a very dedicated group of people looking out for our children," Kilcullen said. 

Little, 55, of Michelle Street, has served on the board for three years. He is a bus monitor for Ridge Road Express and is almost finished with a degree in Emergency Management at NCCC. Little is a 20-year member of Wrights Corners Volunteer Fire Company and a member of the VFW in Medina. He has three children and three grandchildren. Little graduated from Lockport High School. 

Little also believes the main issue facing the district is economic. 

"There's a tough financial challenge facing the district," Little said. "By starting to share services through our agreement with Wilson to share a superintendent, we have already saved money which can go toward programming for schools." 

Little thinks that the present board is in control of the situation. 

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