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Meet Your Board Candidates
Meet the candidates who are on the ballot for this year's Board of Education elections. Candidates' names appear in alphabetical order by last name.

Kelly Gallagher

My wish to serve the Schenevus Central School district as a board member is based on my love for this community and its children. School district management is a complex process in New York state. I believe the board’s guiding principles should be the best interests of our children and responsible management of our resources. As our district has faced unprecedented challenges and is engaged in a merger study, it is important that we have experienced board members if we want to stay a course that will provide our children with the best possible education in a school that represents the great heart of our community. 
A veteran board member, I was elected as board president in July 2018, a time of great upheaval for our district. In this role, I led the board through the process of returning our business office to ONC BOCES; the hiring of Superintendent Carlin and the development of a balanced budget that closed a $700,000 deficit. I have developed working relationships with NYS Legislators and members of the State Education Department through my advocacy and efforts to find the best way to support small, rural schools like Schenevus. I have been involved in the development of new policies that have increased the transparency of board operations and provided greater opportunities for community input.
I have four children. My eldest daughter, a graduate of SCS, was well prepared for college and is thriving in her studies. My son, a member of the class of 2020, will soon begin his first year of college.  My two younger children are students in Schenevus CS. My hope for them, and for each child in this district, is that they continue to receive a quality education that enables them to discover and develop their talents for the future benefit of our community.

Tom Snyder

My name is Tom Snyder and I am running for a seat on the Schenevus Central School Board. I am a lifelong resident of Schenevus and a successful business owner for 25-plus years. As an active community member with the C.H. Graham Hose Fire Company as a volunteer fireman for 30 years, former president of the Little League Association, Cub Scout/Webelos leader, and member of the Masonic Lodge #592, my ties in this community are strong. 
These are tough times we face ahead and many hard decisions will need to be made. Throughout the course of my career I have experienced challenging business situations.  The key to managing through these situations is the ability to think strategically but also develop realistic plans to solve the issues at hand. I believe that I can use my skills to help the school board think strategically about the long-term growth of the school but also balance the needs of the short term. As a school board member it is important to build public understanding, support, and participation. I look forward to the challenge and thank you for your support on June 9.

Timothy Walke

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Timothy Walke. I am a life-long resident of Schenevus and am interested in becoming a school board member. After 25 years, I retired from the NYS Department of Corrections. My current position as the Town of Maryland Highway Superintendent has provided me with valuable budgetary experience that I will rely upon during these challenging times. 
As a graduate of Schenevus Central School, whose children have also graduated from SCS, I have a vested interest in the education of our students and an overall sense of pride in the school and this community. The school is the heart of our community, and I will do my best to preserve this while providing our children with the quality education they deserve.

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