Medina Journal-Register — After five years the Lyndonville Board of Education has a new president.
Theodore Lewis will lead the board during the 2013-2014 school year, winning the position by a five to four vote. Christina Feldman will be the vice president.
Lewis replaces Ed Urbanik, who stepped back from his role as board president. Urbanik said a personal situation led to him deciding to scale back, but with only one year left on his term on the board he said that could prove to be beneficial.
“It’s good for any leader who steps down to still be there, and this way I can help and assist in any way I can,” Urbanik said.
Urbanik and his family have lived in Lyndonville for more than 25 years, and his three children graduated from Lyndonville Central School. During his time on the board, Urbanik said he was proud of being part of the team that helped usher in an era of financial stability to the district.
Lyndonville Superintendent Jason Smith said Urbanik “brought a strong sense of leadership” to his presidency.
“He worked well with all board members and he was always able to see the big picture,” Smith said.
The tenure of Urbanik’s board presidency provided “stable leadership” that was “student centric and school centric,” Smith noted.
“He was not afraid to make tough decisions,” Smith added, mentioning how Urbanik was a proponent of Lyndonville’s current shard services arrangement with the Medina Central School District.
“He was very sharp regarding finances and had a real sense of fiscal responsibility,” Smith said, “and he made sure students had every possible opportunity in the most cost effective way.”
Urbanik pointed to some of that “cost effectiveness” as one of the things he was most proud of during his time as board president.
“The school has built up its financial reserves and improved the quality of education,” he said. “We worked with a good administration and there’s a good team in place now.”