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May 12, 2013

Crowded ballot for Starpoint board


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Dennis Toth

Toth, 57, is a captain with the Niagara Falls Fire Department. He has four kids, two of which are in college and two that attend Starpoint schools.

He was elected to the Starpoint Board of Education in 2010, garnering the second highest amount of votes of the five candidates at the time.

Toth could not be reached for comment, but has said at previous meetings his goal for Starpoint are to balance providing a quality education with maintaining a financially responsible budget.

Sherri Weber

Weber, 42, has an extensive background in education, including 20 years of teaching. She was an elementary teacher in Depew for 12 years and has taught at Canisius College. Weber is now a professo in the elementary education and reading department at Buffalo State College.

”I’m a parent, I’m a teacher, I hope I will bring a fresh perspective,” she said.

Maintaining programs and being responsible financially is important, Weber said. But it’s also important is having the community understand how the process works, she said.

A Town of Lockport resident, Weber has three kids in Starpoint.

Andrea Wick

A Pendleton resident, Wick is an accountant with Shunk, Wilson and Co. CPAs in Buffalo. It’s her experience working with numbers, audits and budgetary accounting that Wick feels would allow her to be asset on the board.

Starpoint’s biggest challenge is maintaining its finances, Wick said.

”The state budget has hurt us and there is a concern (from residents) about taxes,” she said.

Wick, 38, has four kids that attend school at Starpoint. And her kids are one of the reasons Wick decided to run for the school board, she said.

Michael Zimmerman

Zimmerman, 47, is finishing his second term, sixth year on the board. He said he’s enjoyed his time on the board, prompting him to throw his hat in the ring again.

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