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Voters to elect two members to the Board of Education

Port Byron Central School District residents will elect two members of the Board of Education on May 15, 2018. The two with the
highest number of votes will each serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2018. Each board candidate has prepared his or her own biography (see below).

TIM MARKS

I would like to thank you for reading my bio. My name is Timothy Marks and I am running for Port Byron School Board. I have four amazing daughters ages 3 to 13. Two of my daughters attend Port Byron. Kendra is in third grade and Peyton is in fifth. My oldest daughter Halie attends Auburn Junior High. Joslyn, my youngest daughter, will start the Port Byron UPK program next fall.

I have never served on the school board before, but I know how much it means to work hard. In May, I am graduating from Tompkins Cortland Community College with my Associates Degree in Nursing. I have learned over the years that education is key to a bright and fruitful future for young students. I have been serving the community, as a Licensed Practical Nurse, for the past 14 years. I have been working at The Commons, in Auburn, for the past four years. I am proud to say that I have recently accepted a position, as a Registered Nurse, at Auburn Community Hospital. This new and exciting endeavor will begin in June.

With the recent school shootings that have made national attention safety has to be a priority. I will have an open dialogue with the community to protect our students and staff. I will push to have a single point entry at all times, not just during instructional times. We need to put into place metal detectors to stop weapons like guns and ammunition from entering the building.

I look forward to having an opportunity to serve the community on the school board.

For any questions or comments please contact me at timmarksforpbschoolboard@gmail.com or on Facebook.

 

JOSEPH VERDI

I have been proudly serving on the Port Byron Board of Education for the past 12 years. I am excited for the opportunity to serve another term.

During my time on the board, I feel we have maximized opportunities while being conservative in spending. I worked with board members and teachers to create a positive school atmosphere. We’ve also worked with agencies to add school programs that offer students free meals, dental services and school supplies. I serve on the sports committee that oversees our merged programs with Union Springs, which allows students to participate in more extracurricular activities. Technology is an important part of today’s society and we have been able to put an electronic device in most students’ hands so they have tools that help them learn and grow. We use technology in our safety work and added cameras to the school and on buses. Creating a single point building entry and adding electronic door locks have been important initiatives.

My wife and our three children live in Montezuma. My youngest daughter, Kloe is in sixth grade at Port Byron. Rose graduated last year and studies accounting at Siena College. Kourtney, a 2015 graduate, will receive a pre-law degree from Nazareth College this year.

I own and operate our third generation family business, which started in Port Byron and is now in Montezuma and Savannah. I also volunteer for the Savannah and Montezuma planning boards. I am very proud of our community and grateful for the opportunities I’ve had. Our children are the future and I want to introduce them to as many opportunities as we can.

 

MELINDA QUANBECK

My grandmother, parents, siblings, myself and my three children are Port Byron graduates. I went on to graduate from Penn State University, and my husband Erik and I have been married for 32 years. I am completing my sixth board term and remain committed to making it the best district possible. We continue to focus on keeping our district financially stable while increasing student achievement. Our students have access to college, AP and online classes and a technology program that provides an iPad or Chromebook to students in grades 3-12, creating a learning environment that doesn’t stop when students leave the
building. We have an expansive assortment of extracurricular activities and a vibrant afterschool program. Our partnership with Union Springs allows sports to flourish even as our population decreases.

We’ve been diligent at making the building more energy efficient and secure, including adding generators, electronic door locks and LED lighting. Even with these improvements, our taxes have remained relatively stable. We are dedicated to finding creative ways to educate, keep schools safe and help our community without putting an unfair tax burden on residents. Please contact me with questions or concerns at mquanbeck@pbcschools.org.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve this community.