The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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May 20, 2013

Five candidates vie for Medina seats

Medina Journal-Register — Voters who go to the polls in Medina Tuesday will be choosing four board members from a pool of five candidates. Three are incumbents. Of the four elected, three will serve three-year terms while the fourth-highest vote getter will finish the one year left on the seat vacated by Susan Squires.

Virginia Nicholson is one incumbent. She has spent several years on the board and is a past board vice president and president. She said she is seeking re-election because “the education of our children is what’s going to help create our society of tomorrow.”

As an advocate for education in both Albany and Washington, D.C., Nicholson said the board has a responsibility to “fight for the right way to educate students and help them succeed.”

“We need to find the right courses and teachers, and I feel we’ve been fortunate in our district and I want that to continue,” Nicholson said, adding that one goal the board should share is to have students graduate from high school either ready for college.

Community outreach is also something Nicholson said should continue.

“We have senior citizens using the pool and graduates coming back to the district as teachers,” she said. She added that she felt “fortunate” to have worked on a grant that allowed a school resource officer to be added as an added measure for student safety.

With education costs always a concern, Nicholson said, it is vital that the economy and the circumstances surrounding it are taken into account when assessing “the value of education.”

“I think I can help with that,” she said. “I want to help accomplish the goal of a solid education for our students with the least effect on the taxpayers.”

Wendi Pencille is also an incumbent who has finished her first term on the board. She said the past three years have been challenging and wrought with tough decisions.

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