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May 16, 2014

Five candidates vie for three positions in Wilson school board race

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — WILSON — Five candidates will vie for three positions on the Wilson Central School District school board in the May 20 election.

Incumbent candidates Donald DeLisi and board president George Waters will campaign for their seats, as well as challengers Patty Munnikhuysen, Timothy Kropp, and Frank Cipolla.

One of the common goals of all the candidates is keeping high quality academics and programs in the schools while balancing finances. Concerns about common core standards, school board transparency, and obtaining more state funding are among other concerns.

Donald DeLisi

DeLisi, who lives on Chestnut Road and is employed at Integrated Industrial Resources, attended Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pa., and Mercer County Community College in New Jersey. He has two children.

DeLisi said he believes that maintaing high standards of education at Wilson can be achieved without increasing the burden on taxpayers. He suggests setting up a plan of service sharing between the town and village of Wilson and Niagara County to decrease budget expenses, freeing money for other expenses. However, he says he is completely against school district consolidation, citing his experience graduating from a large school district in Pennsylvania as extremely impersonal.

“Often times in a large school district, you feel like you’re just being pushed through the educational system,” DeLisi said. “Wilson, on the other hand, offers each student so much more opportunity because the school’s smaller population makes learning so much more personal.”

DeLisi added that in a smaller-size district like Wilson, all students are able to participate in extra-curricular activities rather than just a select few.

DeLisi feels that the Common Core ciriculum which has recently been implemented should have been rolled out over time, but says he believes the district is meeting the needs of students to succeed in life.

“I like the concern of our teachers and aides that every child gets the education they deserve,” DeLisi said.

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