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The Buffalo News invited school board candidates to provide a statement about why they are running for office.

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“I am running for a second term of office for the school board because I care deeply: about our kids, about our community, and about our future. I also happen to know a little bit about education.”

QUALIFICATIONS

• Educated/Professional Educator (My career in education spans 25 years up to the graduate student level where I have been teaching teachers at 2 local universities for the past 7 years)

• Independent (No relation to any district employee)

• Service-oriented (Past President--Anna Merritt Elementary PTA)

• Dependable (Excellent Meeting Attendance Record, detail-oriented)

• Accessible

ACCOMPLISHMENTS & INITIATIVES

1. BOARD ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Trustee Diane Phelps received the Board Achievement Award from the New York State School Boards Association. The award is given by NYSSBA to “acknowledge the extensive time and effort required of school board members who continually strive to expand their knowledge and skills for better board governance.” Members earn points by attending informational and educational workshops and meetings.

(Union Sun and Journal, 1-17-13)

2. IMPROVED MEETING TRANSPARENCY BY TAKING A STAND

Phelps was dissatisfied when the board entered executive session on March 24, as well, to discuss “personnel matters.” Before voting, she asked President John Linderman what specific personnel issue would be discussed and whether there would be any discussion on the preparation of a proposed budget for the 2011-12 school year.

Phelps said she was told, “you will be informed of that when we get into the meeting . . . and then I voted NO on going into executive session.” The other seven members present voted in favor of holding the closed meeting... “Executive session is not a dress rehearsal.”

(Buffalo News, 4-10-11)

3. SERVICE TO THE BOARD

• NYSSBA DELEGATE TO ALBANY

• NOSBA LEGISLATIVE LIASON

• AUDIT COMMITTEE MEMBER

PROGRAM PRIORITIES

“KEEP THE CUTS OUT OF THE CLASSROOM”

Trustee Diane Phelps didn’t like how much of the position cuts affected teachers and children in classrooms.

(Lockport Union-Sun and Journal, 3-17-11)

DISTRICT ISSUES

1. Quality Education

In upcoming years the challenge for the Lockport District, and for educators everywhere, will be to think outside of the box in order to find innovative ways to economize while at the same time strengthening our academic program.

2. Community Tax Burden

“At the end of the day, it comes down to what our community can afford,” member Diane Phelps said. “My neighbors don’t even have the 2 percent.”

(Buffalo News, 4-10-13)

3. Reconfiguration and closing neighborhood schools

Trustee Diane Phelps, the lone no vote, said she wanted more information on Hunt, specifically involving student transportation. ”I’d like to revisit this,” she said.

(Union Sun and Journal, 6-13-12)