On May 19th, voters will elect two Board of Education members to serve three-year terms. There are two candidates on the ballot. Below is more information about each candidate.
Daniel Johnson, an incumbent, is seeking his second term on the Board of Education. Mr. Johnson, a JHS alumni, and his wife Lorie, have two children; Jordan, a JHS graduate currently attending D’Youville College and Rachel, a sophomore at Jamestown High School.
Mr. Johnson has been in law enforcement for 31 years. He spent 22 years with the Jamestown Police Department, the last nine years of which he was assigned to the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. Mr. Johnson retired from JPD in July 2010, and is currently the Senior Investigator with the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Johnson is also a member of First Lutheran Church.
“I want to continue to serve on the Jamestown School Board because I believe in public education and want to play an active role in ensuring that our schools provide our children with opportunities for a successful future. I am a proud graduate of JHS and my children have, and continue, to attend Jamestown Public Schools. I have a vested interest as both a parent and a taxpayer,” said Mr. Johnson. “As a board member, my efforts are always focused on the academic needs of our children, while being cognizant of the local taxpayers. I will continue to bring my integrity, ability to make and stand by my decisions, willingness to devote time and energy to school board business, willingness to listen, knowledge of the community, labor background, negotiating experience, and loyalty to the democratic process to my role on the JPS Board of Education.”
Nina Karbacka is seeking her first term on the Board of Education. Mrs. Karbacka is a skilled educator, with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music education from SUNY Fredonia and 40 years of teaching experience, at all grade levels, in the Jamestown Public Schools. Nina’s daughter Marie graduated with honors from JHS in 2008.
Mrs. Karbacka is an active community volunteer, having served as President of the Board of Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, Southern Chautauqua County Retired Teachers Association, Jamestown Concert Association, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (which she also founded) and Ring School PTA. Mrs. Karbacka has also served on the executive board of the Arts Council, JHS PTSA, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Community Music Project, Success by Six, and the JCC Arts Community Advisory Panel. Currently, Mrs. Karbacka teaches the Intergenerational Suzuki String Program at Lutheran.
“I hope to be granted the opportunity to work to maintain and enhance the tradition of excellence in the Jamestown Public Schools and give every child a complete education, and the motivation and skills to achieve his/her potential,” said Mrs. Karbacka. “I believe in public education, and feel working together we can create a strong environment for growth and learning for all our children. My board experience has given me strategies to promote communication and develop creative funding ideas that I can contribute as a member of the JPS Board of Education.”