Eight candidates are seeking five seats on the Pine Valley Central School Board of Education when voters take to the polls May 20.
Four of the candidates will serve three-year terms through 2017 while the fifth highest vote receiver will fill the position created by the resignation of Jo Ann Anderson.
The candidates are: Rex Butcher, Jeffrey Chase, Angelo Graziano, Patricia Krenzer, Michael Pease, Stephen Raiport, Montgomery Sticek and Matthew Waag.
A graduate of Pine Valley, Butcher received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Cleveland State University and is retired from Northern Tier Energy, LLC as vice president for commercial and business development. He was a member of the Executive Management, Risk Management and Disclosure committees at Northern Tier Energy. He and his wife Darlene returned to the Pine Valley school district in 2012 and reside on the South Dayton-Silver Creek Road in Forestville with sons Austin and Brendon. This school year he volunteered as an assistant varsity basketball coach at Pine Valley and is currently coaching baseball in Cherry Creek minor league.
A lifelong resident, Chase lives in Conewango Valley with his wife Stacy and three sons: Dylan, Dawson and Garrett. A graduate of Pine Valley and JCC, he is the director of nursing at Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing. To further pursue his commitment to the community, Chase was recently elected and serves on the Ellington Town Council. In his spare time, Chase enjoys watching his children and other Pine Valley athletes' sporting events. He also enjoys the outdoors and working on his family's farm in South Dayton. Chase has been a board member for 12 years.
A Pine Valley resident since 1992, Graziano and his wife Tina reside on Wentworth Road in Forestville and are the parents of Angelo II. A graduate of Brocton Central School, Graziano is employed by the New York State Department of Transportation as a highway maintenance worker. He is a Town of Villenova councilman and member of the Sons of American Legion and Moose Club.
Krenzer and her husband "Coach" Bob have been residents of the district for almost 30 years. Their four sons: Gary, Daniel, Brian and Andrew are all Pine Valley graduates. Mrs. Krenzer taught social studies at Pine Valley for 13 years before joining Erie 2 BOCES as a staff development specialist. She earned her master's degree and administration certification at SUNY Fredonia and was middle school principal in the Silver Creek district for eight years until her retirement two years ago. She is a member of the Cherry Creek Snow-goers and a certified Master Gardener. She is currently serving on the board in Jo Ann Anderson's vacated seat.
A Pine Valley resident since 1986, Pease is a graduate of Pine Valley and resides with his wife Amy in Cherry Creek. He is CEO of The Chautauqua Center and is a member of the Chautauqua Leadership Network and Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. Pease has been a board member since 2007.
A district resident since 1996, Raiport resides on Route 62 in Gowanda with his wife Stacey and children: Thomas and Emily. A graduate of Gowanda Central School, he also attended Edinboro (Pa.) University for two years and the JCC Chautauqua County Sheriff's Academy. He is a police officer with the Gowanda Police Department and was previously employed by the Cattaraugus County and Erie County Sheriff's departments as a deputy sheriff and with the state DOT. He is a 24-year member of the Gowanda Fire Department including 12 years as fire chief and a past coach in South Dayton Youth Baseball and a past coach and president in the Pine Valley Longhorns Football program.
Sticek and his wife Julie have been district residents since 1988 and reside on Smith Road in South Dayton. Their sons Sean and Spencer are Pine Valley graduates. "Monty" graduated from Forestville High School and JCC. He was employed by the state Department of Correctional Services, retiring as a lieutenant. He's a member of Sons of the American Legion Post 1593 and holds the position of squadron commander and state vice commander and adjutant. He is a past officer and coach for South Dayton Youth Baseball and Pine Valley Youth Football and a past school board member.
Waag and his wife Lori Ann are the parents of Malori and live in Cherry Creek. Waag is a lifetime district resident and Pine Valley graduate. He is employed as a machine operator at SKF Aeroengine.
He has been a board member for eight years and is a member of the Buildings & Grounds, Finance/Audit and Grievance committees.
Waag and his family are active members of the South Dayton Free Methodist Church.