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Warrensburg school board candidates focus on goals

Warrensburg school board candidate Doug West (left) makes a point while competing candidates (left to right) Paul Weick, Richelene Morey and Brian Lace listen during a Meet the Candidates Night event held Monday May 8 at Warrensburg High School.

Warrensburg school board candidate Doug West (left) makes a point while competing candidates (left to right) Paul Weick, Richelene Morey and Brian Lace listen during a Meet the Candidates Night event held Monday May 8 at Warrensburg High School. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The four candidates for two open seats on the Warrensburg Central School Board of Education revealed their positions publicly this week about the future of the schools and their roles on the school board, if elected Tuesday May 15.

The candidates aired their thoughts during a Meet the Candidates Night held Monday May 8 at the high school.

Two of the candidates — incumbent board member Richelene Morey and former school board member Brian Lace — focused primarily on cost containment and financial efficiency, while challengers Paul Weick and Doug West stressed maintaining and bolstering a top quality educational experience for students.

Both Lace and Morey mentioned as qualifications their extensive experience on the board. Lace noted his lengthy tenure as code enforcement officer for the town and Morey, her years of work in the insurance business, which included financial and budget management chores.

West stressed his background as an information technology specialist; and Weick, his years as a teacher at Bolton Central School. Weick said that since the state is now requiring teacher performance evaluations, his knowledge would be particularly useful in meeting the new expectations. He also said that the maintaining an appropriate demeanor and tone of discussion amongst board members was of prime importance.

Weick said his platform had two basic planks: responsible management and enhancing pride in the schools. He called for exploration of shared services between school districts.

West noted that he was a Warrensburg graduate, and that WCS instructors had given him vital advice on his career, as well as preparing him well for his work. West said he sought to enhance the school’s programs so people would, like him, select Warrensburg as their first choice to raise a family.

West also said he’d pursue bolstering computer literacy, staying on top of computer technology and concentrating on eradicating traces of negativity in the school environment.

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