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


My name is Lisa Pyc. I have been a Grand Island resident for over ten years. My husband is a life long resident of Grand Island and my three children attend elementary school in the Grand Island Central School District. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Masters of Science in Counselor Education from Canisius College. I am also a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have over eleven years experience in my degree field; and at this time, I have chosen to focus primarily on my children by being a stay at home mother. I am extremely active in the Charlotte Sidway Elementary School’s PTA by serving as the Vice President. I have also served on numerous committees, and am my eldest son’s room mother.

I have decided to run for a position on the school board because there are many issues currently plaguing school districts across New York State, including fiscal responsibility, safety, and the new Common Core Curriculum and related state testing.

Safety in our schools is an area of concern. In the aftermath of the Newtown Shootings, we as a nation mourned the loss of not only people, but the sense of security that all children have when they enter their school building. We were forced to see the vulnerability of the security of our schools across the nation. I have experience in working with families in crisis through my work with the Family Support Center of Lockport as a Coordinator. It will be my personal mission to develop and support programs that increase and support the wellness of our students, families, and community. I want to keep the Grand Island Central School District a safe haven for its students.

I will promote school, teacher, parent communication to allow for student success. Our community is our school’s biggest asset. I will use my interpersonal skills to help keep transparency between the school board and the community. It is the tax payer’s right to know how their tax dollars are used in the school district they are supporting. The Grand Island Central School District is known for the successful students they put out into society, I will work with the members of our community and the current board members to make sure this continues into the future.