On May 17th, voters will elect two Board of Education (BOE) members to serve three-year terms. There are four candidates on the ballot.
Jeffrey Yeates is seeking his first term on the BOE. Mr. Yeates has a bachelor’s in business management and over 30 years experience in technology and organizational transformation initiatives in business, industry, government, and education. At the NYC Department of Education, he worked to implement a customized web-based system to digitize the paper-based IEPs of 190,000 special needs students and also automate the business processes of the 150,000 district professionals who service them across 1,600 schools.
Todd Rushforth is seeking his first term on the BOE. He has worked at Tilaros Bakery for the last 11 years. Mr. Rushforth and his wife Jeanna have resided in Jamestown for 30 wonderful years. He has two daughters. His oldest is Samantha, who graduated in 2015 from Jamestown High School, and his youngest, Connie, attends Washington Middle School. Mr. Rushforth sits on the Jamestown Area Youth Soccer Board.
Patrick Slagle, an incumbent, is seeking his second full term on the BOE. Mr. Slagle, a Jamestown High School alumnus, and his wife Allison, whom he met at JHS, have two children: Chase, age 4 and Leah, 10 months. Mr. Slagle is a graduate of Jamestown Community College, the College at Brockport, and UB Law School. He is currently an attorney with Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
Statement by President Joe DiMaio - May 10, 2016
Joe DiMaio has decided to pull out of this year’s School Board elections. “After many years of service to the district I love, I have decided to withdraw from the school board elections and say farewell to my friends and colleagues at the end of my current term in June,” Mr. DiMaio said. Joe has been on the Board for twelve years and served as Board President for four. “I’m so pleased with how well things in the District have been going, President DiMaio said. “As I reflected on my options, it just seemed this was a good time to bring this phase of my contributions to a close.” Though his name will still appear on the ballot, Mr. DiMaio has asked that voters not waste a vote on him, because he will decline to serve a fifth term. “I still have children and grandchildren in the district,” he noted, “so I will remain an active volunteer in their schools and in this community.”