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Town of Tonawanda

Jill Y. O’Malley, director of Ken-Ton Parent Alliance and the clothing donation site Ken-Ton Closet, is seeking a seat on the School Board this spring.

“My husband and I have discussed it, and feel that this step is necessary to continue our efforts to advocate for the children of Ken-Ton,” O’Malley said by e-mail last week.

O’Malley is a full-time biology professor at Erie Community College and her husband, Matt, is a special education teacher in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District. They have two children attending district schools.

O’Malley has been outspoken against the district’s ongoing consolidation process, which may result in school closures as the district faces shrinking enrollment. She often attends board meetings and shares notes.

“I’m informed,” she said. “I know the issues that face the district.”

The seats held by Trustees Judy Frank and Jeff Rickan are up for grabs this year. Neither has announced plans to seek another three-year term.

Candidates must obtain a packet from the district clerk and collect 65 signatures to be on the May 20 ballot.

Next month, the School Board is expected to approve a plan to alleviate traffic backups and safety concerns experienced last year during voting at Hoover Middle School, the district’s sole polling place. Under the proposal, election-day campaigning by candidates would be limited to a designated area away from the school’s Sheridan Drive entrance.

Also this week:

• The town’s 26th annual Presidents Day Hockey Tournament continues today in Brighton and Lincoln arenas. Championship games will be held Monday in Lincoln: the mite division contest is at 9:30 a.m., squirt at 11:30 a.m. and pee wee at 1:30 p.m.

• The Town Clerk’s Office, in Room 14 of the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. is open until 8 p.m. Tuesday, when town and county taxes are due. Taxes also may be paid with a credit card on the town’s website: www.tonawanda.ny.us. Click on “Pay Taxes On-Line.”

• The Kenmore Village Board meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the municipal building. A work session begins at 6:30 in the mayor’s office.

• The Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at the municipal building.