Joseph DiMaio, President
A. I have served on the board since 2004. I retired from teaching and coaching in 2003.
Q. Why did you originally decide to become a Board Member and why do you continue to serve?
A. I decided to run for the Board of Education because JPS has been extremely good to me and my family. I grew up in Jamestown and attended Euclid Avenue, Washington Jr. High, Jamestown High School and Jamestown Community College. I have lived in Jamestown all my life. Both my children received a great education from the Jamestown Schools. I believe when something has been that good to you, it is important to try and give something back.
Q. What is your life like outside of the School Board?
A. Now that I am retired, my time is spent spoiling my grandchildren. My son Joe and daughter-in-law Christina have two children, 2½ year old, Madelyn and 4-month-old Cameron. My daughter Sara, who teaches at Washington, and son-in-law Richie, who teaches at Jamestown High School and coaches varsity football, have two children, 4-year-old Cole and 15-month-old Peyton. My wife and I try to spend as much time with them as we can. As a former coach of the Red Raider football team, I also look forward to following the team during the season. I also enjoy riding my Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Q. What are your biggest concerns facing Jamestown Schools in the coming years?
A. The biggest concern that I have at this time is how to convince the higher-ups in New York State how unfair education funding is. I feel as long as we place most of the burden on the property taxpayers and don’t find a better way to fund education that is more equitable, we will continue to struggle to find the funds to give our students the proper education they deserve. I am worried that a well-rounded education will become more difficult. In my 31 years of teaching I know education is more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. There are some that feel that is all educators should be doing. I truly believe they are wrong. Opportunities outside the classroom make for a much more well-rounded person. I will fight hard to keep all of our activities that help make this possible.
Q. Why do you think Jamestown Public Schools is a great place for children to receive an education?
A. The opportunities that are afforded to our students are unmatched. Whatever your likes and strengths are, we have something for you in Jamestown. From the top students to the average Joes we can fit your needs. Our advanced placement and college credit courses have helped many students start college as sophomores and beyond. We have activities and clubs that fit a wide range of different interests. Our athletics program and facilities are second to none. Our music programs are known state and nationwide. We are leaders in education and if students choose to take advantage of the opportunities, they will come out as a well-rounded individual.