Polling: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the district's athletic center lobby, 30 Maple Ave., Port Byron

Proposed budget: $22,014,806 ... + 3.49%

Estimated tax levy: +1.20%

Tax cap: Below cap, simple majority needed for approval

Special ballot propositions: Purchase one 66-passenger bus, one 60-passenger wheelchair bus and one 7-passenger vehicle at a cost not to exceed $315,000; a capital reserve fund not to exceed $2,000,000; Port Byron Library budget proposition: $30,000 increase

School board candidates (two three-years spots available):

Todd Delaney

Age: 46


Married: two children, ages 4-6

Residence: Port Byron

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Rochester Institute of Technology

Elected office and community service experience: Cayuga County Civil Service commissioner

Top three priorities:

1. As a resident of the village of Port Byron and a parent of children in the school district, I was disappointed to watch the village board vote to end their agreement with the school district with regards to the school resource officer. Safety for the students, teachers and staff is of the utmost importance and having a school resource officer is an important piece of the puzzle. Our students can’t learn if they don’t feel safe.

2. The primary mission of any school district is to provide their students with the optimal education and to prepare them for their future. In order to do that we need to make sure that faculty and staff have access to the resources they need to help our students reach their goals.

3. While in our pursuit to provide our students with an education in a safe environment we need to be responsible with our limited resources. It is important to bring a budget to the community that supports teaching and learning while still being fiscally responsible.

Why did you decide to run for school board?

A couple years ago, my wife and I bought a house in the village and our children started to attend A.A. Gates Elementary. I believe a parent should be involved in their children’s education as much as they can, so I started to attend the school board meetings. I have learned a great deal about the challenges this district faces, as well the accomplishments and hopes for the future. If elected, I look forward to learning more, as well as serving and working with other members of our community. I believe my background as a business owner, my leadership experience and being an alumnus would be an asset to the Port Byron school board.

Christopher Recckio

Age: 50

Family: Married; three children

Residence: Town of Mentz

Education: Auto body repair specialist degree, Alfred State University

Elected office and community service experience: Member of the Port Byron board of education, 2016-present; former member of Port Byron Village Planning Board; Auto Body Rebuilders Association of Syracuse

Top three priorities:

1. Continue to help provide the many services that Port Byron has to offer students.

2. To find a solution for a police officer to remain in the school to protect our students and staff.

3. Continue to help find the best available staff to ensure our students succeed academically.

Why did you decide to run for school board?

I have been on the board for the past three years. I have learned a lot about the school system and how things work to run a successful school. While owning a small business in the community it has given me the privilege of taking the time needed. Being on the school board is very rewarding to me. I take pride in my community and the school and would like to continue learning more. Quality learning/work environment for our students, teachers, and staff.

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