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May 13, 2013

Money focus of Lockport race


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — While in those positions, Parker has had to negotiate contracts, deal with disciplinary meetings and handle healthcare issues. These experiences would help him as a board member, especially when trying to cut costs, Parker said.

“Finances, I think, will be one of the big challenges,” he said.

Diane Phelps

A successful write-in candidate three years ago, Phelps is completing her first term as a Lockport school board trustee.

A parent of two kids who have gone through the Lockport school system, Phelps, 49, is also in the education field. She is an adjunct instructor at the University at Buffalo and a lecturer at Niagara University.

The district needs to do more with less, Phelps said. Lockport needs to lessen the burden on taxpayers but while strengthening programs.

”We have to think outside the box and find new ways to economize,” she said. “We have to keep the cuts out of the classroom and spread them out.”

Phelps is the board’s liaison with the New York State School Boards Association and she received the Board Achievement Award from the organization. The award is given by NYSSBA to “acknowledge the extensive time and effort required of school board members who continually strive to expand their knowledge and skills for better board governance.” Members earn points by attending informational and educational workshops and meetings.

Edward Sandell

Sandell is completing his second term and sixth year on the Lockport board.

As a board member, Sandell chairs the policy committee, which is currently reviewing and updating all of the 300 plus district policies. He is also the board’s Niagara Orleans School Board Association representative and has spent time on the facilities and audit committees.

Helping children succeed and keeping the district fiscally responsible are two of Sandell’s goals. Dealing with the state’s aid cuts, tax cap and mandates have been difficult, he said, making the budget a huge challenge.

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