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May 12, 2013

Crowded ballot for Starpoint board


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Balancing a quality education with financial realties is important, Duffy said. But he wants to see the community understand how the district and budget process works.

”Having an active community is an important part of that process, understanding reality,” Duffy said.

Duffy is a Town of Lockport resident.

Jeffrey Duncan

Elected in 2010, Duncan, 40, has two girls at Starpoint’s Fricano Primary School. They were a big reason why Duncan wanted to run again for the Starpoint board.

”We plan on being here for a long time,” Duncan said. “I want to make sure they get a good education.”

Finances are a big challenge for any district these days, as the economy and state budget cuts have been tough, Duncan said. But Starpoint has been able to avoid large tax increases and layoffs.

This time around, Duncan said he has a stronger understanding of how the budget process works and how the district operates.

Duncan is a Pendleton resident and an account engineer with Siemens.

Eugene Stanwich

Stanwich’s main reason for running for the school board is his granddaughter Lily, who is in third grade at Starpoint. While hearing on television that a local school district was cutting art teachers, Lily pleaded with her grandfather to give the school some money so they wouldn’t lose the teacher.

”She thought it was Starpoint,” Stanwich, 65, said. “Instead of money I thought I’d offer my knowledge and background and see if I can help.”

Stanwich is a retired teacher who taught for 32 years in the Amherst School District. There are so many things schools are facing, from the economy, the tax cap, teacher and principal evaluations and so on, he said. Healthcare and pension costs have risen considerably.

It’s a horrible mix, Stanwich said.

Explaining and providing more information to the public would also be something Stanwich would like to see. He has three kids and is a resident of Wheatfield.

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