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May 13, 2013

Five vying for seats in Newfane


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Donna Lakes

Lakes has had four children graduate from Newfane. After attending a few Board of Education meetings, Lakes decided she now has time to make a run for a BOE seat.

“Obviously, it’s a huge commitment,” Lakes said.

The 53-year-old Newfane town resident says she’s willing to listen and would be willing to work with fellow board members. A clear understanding and transparency are important, Lakes said. 

She has experience working with a municipality. Lakes is a deputy town clerk with the Town of Newfane. She is also familiar with a major challenge for the school district, which is money.

Getting everybody to work together to make difficult decisions is something Lakes said she’d like to see happen.

Margaux Lingle

For Lingle, 34, serving on a school board was something she witnessed first hand when she was in school. Her father John Benoit served as a Newfane board member during the 1990’s.

”They made a lot of good changes then, they had good rapport,” Lingle said. “Everybody was cooperative, I’d like us to get back to that.”

A Newfane town resident, Lingle said she feels the time is right for her to make a run for the school board. Helping Newfane deal with a tough financial time and increasing communication between the district and the public are some things Lingle would like to do if she was elected.

Dealing with a tight budget is something Lingle has experience with. She works as an accountant in the Niagara County Treasurer’s Office and is familiar with government finances.

Lingle is a mother of four, two of which are old enough to be in Newfane schools.

Michele Malone

Malone is completing her first three-year term on the Newfane board.

A mother of two Newfane graduates, Malone said she brings integrity, as well as a wide perspective, to table as a board member. Over the years she has been a parent volunteer for various events and a teacher aide for 10 years.

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