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May 13, 2013

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Keeping the district’s buildings in the best shape possible is another priority, Sandell said. Major capital projects have taken place over the past six years, updating and fixing a number of schools in Lockport.

A Delphi engineer for 34 years, Sandell, 55, has two kids who have graduated from Lockport.

Marietta Schrader

Schrader, a city resident, is looking to return to the Lockport School Board.

She spent 12 years on the Board of Education, serving as president in 2007 until the end of the 2009-10 school year. She did not run for re-election but was appointed to fill a board vacancy, then won the seat as a write-in candidate for the 2010-11 year when Allan Jack resigned.

Schrader could not be reached for comment.

Jon Williams

Williams, 66, is finishing his second term and sixth year on the Lockport board. During that time, Lockport City Schools has made a lot of progress, especially with upgrading facilities, Williams said.

But the biggest has been grappling with the budget while maintaining a quality education. Being able to offer quality programs while trying to keep taxes as low as possible is an accomplishment, Williams said.

His financial conservatism is something Williams said he feels he brings to the board. But he said he also has a great concern for the kids of the district, especially in giving them as many options as possible.

Finances will be a concern, but so is dealing with some of the state’s new mandates on districts, Williams said. The new evaluations for teachers and principals will take something away from a principal’s interaction with teachers and students, while new testing by the state could be excessive for kids, Williams said.

Williams has three kids, two who attend Lockport schools and another who has graduated.

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