SALAMANCA - With the annual budget vote coming up on Tuesday, not only will Salamanca school's $27.6 million budget be up for a vote, but two seats on the board will be up for a vote, with two candidates on the ballot.
The Salamanca City Central School District will be holding their budget vote and board of education member election on Tuesday from noon-9 p.m. in the Junior/Senior High School Gymnasium. Eligible district voters will elect two members of the board of education. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will serve a five-year term, beginning on July 1, 2014, and expiring on June 30, 2019. Absentee ballots can be obtained by calling the district clerk at 945-2400 ext. 4025.
Theresa Ray will seek another five-year term on the board. Her three daughters go to school in the district. She has been active in Salamanca civic organizations for quite some time, serving as secretary for Prospect Elementary School PTA from 2004 until 2009, treasurer of Salamanca Youth Activities organization and a coach for Salamanca Aquatics and an officer for the Salamanca Sabres PeeWee and Midget football league.
"I have always been involved in my children's extracurricular activities as well as their academics," she said. "I have always held a belief that I can sit back and watch other people make decisions regarding my children or I can get involved and become the decision maker."
Ray is a 1986 graduate of Salamanca High School and a 1991 SUNY Fredonia graduate, holding a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and currently works with the Seneca Nation Fiscal Affairs department as the assistant comptroller.
"I believe a priority of our school district is to maintain the current level of quality teachers within our schools and focus on replacing those teachers who are retiring, with quality teachers and staff that directly affect the education of our children," she said. "I want to continue to work toward the creation of a school that our children and city can be proud of once again.
"I believe we are headed in the right direction and want to continue the journey my fellow board members and I have started," she continued. "It would be an honor and a privilege to be re-elected to the Salamanca school board and I am asking for your vote on May 20."
Also on the ballot is Salamanca resident, Zachary Tucker, whose son is a student at Prospect Elementary School.
"Running for school board is a decision I have made based purely on my concerns for the school district and what I believe I can do to make a difference regarding the present and future students of the school district served," he said. "Getting involved in the community has always been very important to me."
He has been active in the community as a coach for Summer Youth Soccer, SYA basketball and travel league basketball, as well as Salamanca Merchants Baseball and a coach in the Salamanca Sabres PeeWee Football team.
"I believe that the Salamanca school bBoard is directly responsible for handling all the issues a school district faces," he said. "I feel that I will bring a knowledgeable younger perspective to the school board, while also offering expertise and various opinions on the topics at hand."