School voting preview -- Jordan-Elbridge Central School District

2013-05-19T03:00:00Z 2013-05-21T09:17:23Z School voting preview -- Jordan-Elbridge Central School District Auburn Citizen
May 19, 2013 3:00 am

Polling: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Jordan-Elbridge High School (use events entrance)

Proposed budget: $27,500,000 -- +1.10 percent

Estimated tax levy: $11,893,952 -- +1.90 percent

Tax levy increase limit under tax cap law: 9.79 percent (simple majority - 50 percent plus one - needed to pass proposed levy increase)

Ballot propositions:

  • School buses: The purchase of three 28-passenger school buses at an estimated combined cost of $160,716, and three 70-passenger buses at a maximum combined cost of $315,000. An amount of $150,000 would be transferred from the 2012 School Bus Capital Reserve Fund to pay for part of the cost.
  • Libraries: Approve an increase of $6,000 to the 2013-14 Jordan Bramley Library budget, and an increase of $6,000 to the 2013-14 Elbridge Free Library budget
  • Capital Reserve Fund: To transfer $270,000 from the Building Capital Reserve Fund to purchase and install security locks on classroom doors district-wide, resurface the track at the high school and purchase a lathe for the Project Lead the Way program

School board candidates (three open seats, three-year terms):

Brian Richardson

Age: 57

Resides in: Memphis

Family: Wife, Roxanne; and three children, Todd, Tyler and Kelsey

Education: B.S. in pharmacy, Albany College of Pharmacy

Elected offices held: Jordan-Elbridge Board of Education, July 2010 to June 2013

What should be the top three priorities for the district?

Maintain and expand academic and extra-curricular opportunities for our students, better prepare our students to compete and succeed after graduation, whether in college or career, and provide services in the most efficient and economical manner.

What can you bring to the school board?

I am completing my first term on the Board of Education, serving the last two years as president. During that time, we have been able to refocus the district on the correct priorities - education and opportunity for our students. I have encouraged collaboration and cooperation between the board, administration, and the teaching staff. We have improved accountability and transparency.

What will you do to ensure that local parents are partners in decision-making for the district?

Input from the community is critical in decision-making of the board and the district. We have used a community focus group to help guide development of district goals. I have participated in, and observed, many extra-curricular activities and considered feedback from parents and students in our planning and support of these activities.

Why did you decide to run?

The past three years have been very challenging but also very rewarding. I feel that, as a district, we have made great progress in many areas. There are other area, however, that remain unfinished. New mandates and initiatives are continually being passed on to school districts. I feel that my experience, and the knowledge I have gained, will be an asset to help the Jordan-Elbridge School District continue to move forward. I ask for your support, and encourage everyone to vote on May 21. Thank you.


Michael Jorolemon

Reside in: Memphis, N.Y.

Education: Doctorate of medicine, University of New England; and B.S. in bioengineering from Syracuse University.

Elected offices held: Member of Jordan-Elbridge Central School District school board, seeking second term

What should be the top three priorities for the district?

 - To continue to work to provide the best education and learning experiences for our students through being committed to excellence in education and exceeding the expectations of all we serve: our students and their families, the teachers, the staff, the administrative team and the community; building a dynamic work and learning environment where all are valued, respected and provided the opportunity for personal and professional growth; strengthening our relationship with other educational districts and our community to enhance the experiences we can provide for our students; operating in a fiscally responsible manner that allows us to provide the best in education and technology.

- To continue the work I started with the Health and Wellness committee on the district and building levels to develop collaboratively with all stake holders in the district and the community our Mission - Vision and Values.

What can you bring to the school board?

I have experience in quality and performance improvement as the senior quality officer for emergency medicine at Crouse Hospital. I am a proven leader. I have been recognized as CNY EMS Physician of the Year, NYS Physician of the Year and was award the Innovations in Healthcare Award. I have been called a visionary and will bring this passion and experience in local, regional, state and national policy pevelopment and performance improvement to the district as a resource to help continue to move us forward.

What will you do to ensure that local parents are partners in decision-making for the district?

I will make sure parents and community members continue to be part of our health and wellness committees and be actively involved in developing the mission - vision and values for the district and the JE community. By bringing the key stakeholders together we will be able advance this district to new heights.

Why did you decide to run?

I felt I have an obligation to give back to the community. Having the knowledge and experience in medicine, education, quality/performance improvement and leadership, I felt I needed to donate my time, energy and expertise back to the community and district that I truly love. All our children deserve the highest quality education available. If we can improve the lives and futures of our children, the results are infinite.


Glenn Fried

Age: 62

Resides in: Memphis

Family: Spouse, Judy; Son, Aaron and Daughter Jessica, both graduated from JECSD

Education: B.S., Cornell University; M.Div., Wesley Theological Seminary;

Elected offices held: none

What should be the top three priorities for the district?

a. Fact, evidence, and outcomes based decision-making as opposed to the current mode of operation of making decisions based on filtered information obtained through district lawyers and the Superintendent of Schools, especially as it relates to financial, curricular matters;

b. Financial accountability and putting an ending to the insane spending which has occurred over the past 4 years, to include compliance with NY state laws and Commissioner’s regulations regarding financial reporting, auditing/investigating all legal, audit, accounting, and investigation expenditures in terms of purpose, quality, and accuracy;

c. Truly engage the community residents and its leaders by ensuring that the Board of Education demonstrates consistent compliance with all NY state/federal laws and Commissioner’s Rules and Regulations, especially pertaining to Open Government and Freedom of Information.

What can you bring to the school board?

For over 20 years, I served as a college administrator at four colleges holding positions to include but not limited to: 1) Director of Continuing Education and Academic Dean, Bryant & Stratton Business Institute; 2) Registrar and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, New York Chiropractic College; 3) Director of Community Education & Outreach Services at Onondaga County Community College; and 4) Dean of Continuing Education and Graduate Studies at Elmira College. I possess executive-level skills and experience and demonstrated results in budget & finance, strategic planning, curriculum assessment, personnel evaluation, communication, human resource management, leading executive management search committees; and partnering with business and community leaders to design, implement, and support educational opportunities for students in grades P-12 and in college. I am knowledgeable in state and federal education laws and the Rules & Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. I seek the truth, as painful as it may be, and I believe I possess the moral compass to assist in charting a new direction for the Jordan-Elbridge School District.

3) What will you do to ensure local parents are partners in decision-making for the district?

In addition to parents, district taxpayers, residents, business women and men, and leaders need to know that they are partners in the education of our children and youth. The Jordan-Elbridge Community is a bitterly divided community. Many in the community view the decisions made by the current Board of Education with distrust and suspicion. Over 17,500 visits have been made to my website in the past 1 ½ years,, a resource committed to providing information to the community which has not been forthcoming from the district or the Board of Education. All views and opinions need to be heard and given a response. As a starter, I would make myself available to people of all opinions and concerns, no time clocks, no prohibitions. I know that individual board members cannot represent the board as a whole; I also know that board members should seek all inputs possible from the community. Without trust and respect, any other efforts would be futile.

Why did you decide to run?

The incumbents running for re-election are running on a platform of “continuing the progress that has been made”. I need to remind the community that these three gentleman contributed to making the Jordan-Elbridge School District crises and scandals in our district; they brought us Zacher; they did not challenge the fact that monies were never missing; they permitted a secret contract with Paula VanMinos to be approved which they now distance themselves; they adopted budgets without receiving and reviewing a state-required budget report for the past three years; they have made no attempt to explain why they have authorized the expenditure of nearly $3-4 million to pay for legal, audit, investigation, interim salaries, and capitol project fees. I represent a choice for the district residents and taxpayers: more of the same or a time for change?

Roger Hill (information not provided)


Patricia Starratt Baum

Age: 53

Resides in: Elbridge

Family: Husband, Darryl Baum; four adult children, Andy, Stephanie, Christine and Sean, who all attended Jordan Elbridge CSD.

Education: Associates degree in accounting from Cayuga Community College

Elected offices held: none

What should be the top three priorities for the district?

Jordan Elbridge’s rsources should be focused on enhancing the learning of the students as well as teachers on the new Common Core Curriculum and instructions as well as the anti-bullying program that are both mandated by NYS. We need to work towards adopting and maintain a healthy budget that is consistent with our educational needs, the necessary building and grounds repairs but yet is still be within the taxpayer budgets. We need to work diligently on bringing our cost per student down closer to the range of our neighboring schools.

What can you bring to the school board?

I have a degree in Accounting, many years of experience in business and in schools finance offices, balancing bank accounts, preparing treasurer reports and paying the schools bills. I have the experience of operating a small business as I was the owner and operator of a daycare in Elbridge for 10 years. I have lived in Elbridge for 50 years and have been very active throughout my adult life, giving me great insight into the history of the community the community members and their needs.

What will you do to ensure local parents are partners in decision-making for the district?

The Board of Education has a great responsibility to everyone involved and has to make very important decisions that affect many. I would like to see the items that are up for discussion and are going to be addressed by the board to be published on the school web site with plenty of time for residents of the district to provide input before the board makes their final decisions. We are truly a board of the people, by the people, for the people.

Why did you decide to run?

I believe with my experience, knowledge and vested years that I will be a beneficial addition to the school board. My children are grown and I have a flexible schedule which would allow me to dedicate the time needed to undertake the challenges ahead. It is with enthusiasm, dedication and great pride, having been a J-E Eagle, I seek a seat on the Board of Education so that I may help our school soar like the mighty eagle it once was!

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