Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Over the past three years, aside from dealing with difficult budgets, Malone said the introduction of AVID has been one of Newfane’s biggest accomplishments. AVID, or the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, aims to improve college readiness for students who may struggle academically.
And for three straight years, the district has been named a School of Distinction, an award given to districts that have all of their sports teams finish with team averages over 90 percent.
A Newfane resident, Malone, 50, works in customer service at the Lockport Athletic and Fitness Club.
Improving communication between the district and the community is a priority for Schmitt, if he was elected.
Although he works at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, Schmitt knows what it’s like in the classroom. He has worked as a substitute teacher for a number of districts and has a degree in education.
The education and classroom experience would bring a different view to the table, Schmitt said.
Newfane faces some long-term challenges with the budget and the state, Schmitt said. As the state mandates increase, the aid hasn’t follow suit, creating a burden for the school district, he said.
A town resident, Schmitt, 35, has two kids.