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


William F Smith has been a member of the Barker Board of Education for the past eighteen years. Prior to being elected, he was a teacher at the Pratt Elementary School since 1968, when he and his family moved to Barker from Jamestown. He and his wife Ruth Ann live on Bishop Road in Appleton and are the parents of three grown children and grandparents of ten children ranging in age from seven to 28 years old. Mr. Smith graduated from St. Bonaventure University and received his teaching degree from SUNY College at Brockport.

After 27 years in fifth and fourth grades, Mr. Smith retired from active teaching and ran for the Board of Education because he still wanted to serve the school and community. He feels that his past classroom experience makes him well aware of the problems and educational needs of the children and staff of Barker Central School. In addition, he has annually attended New York State School Board training since becoming a board member. He believes that this training keeps him abreast of current movements in education in New York State and provides him with the skills necessary to be an active and responsible member. In 2005 he completed all of the courses of the School Board Institute earning the Master of Boardmanship Award. This past December he earned the School Board University Recognition Program Board Achievement Award designed to recognize his extensive time and effort striving to expand his governance knowledge and skills. His experience as a local board member provides the necessary background and knowledge to work with the current board and administration in continuing to improve the facilities and staff and to address current problems and needs while keeping the tax burden as low as possible.