Local Residents Go to the Polls May 16

    By on May 12, 2017

    by Dan Durocher

    Six Red Creek Candidates Vie for Three Seats

    School board members are elected officials who set policy and help steer the vision of their community’s school district. These volunteer elected officials oversee the financial practices of their district and are also responsible for hiring staff.

    Residents of the Red Creek Central School District who were interested in running for a seat on the Board of Education began circulating petitions in late February. Three vacant seats are open, due to Board Vice-President William (Steve) Smith seeking re-election, Christina Smith not seeking re-election, and Darrell Uetz resigning.

    According to Red Creek Superintedent David Sholes, six residents have turned in petitions. Board Vice-President William (Steve) Smith is one of the six candidates and is the only incumbent.

    Sholes indicated, “We have two three-year seats open and one one-year seat. That means that the top two vote-getters receive the three-year seats and the third place vote-getter receives the one-year seat.”

    Election polls will open at noon on May 16 in the Red Creek High School foyer and will remain open until 9 p.m. Sholes will contact candidates with voting results, and then post them to the school website, www.rccsd.org.

    Here is what we know about the six Red Creek candidates:

    Brad Dates

    Brad Dates lives in Sterling with his wife, Kitty. Dates is a 1975 graduate of Red Creek and has two children who also graduated from Red Creek. He has four grandchildren and one more due to arrive, although none of his grandchildren are enrolled in Red Creek. Dates has 31 years of experience in the field of education. His career began as a physical education teacher, and then he moved on to a career in administration, broadening his contact with students, staff, and parents. He realizes Red Creek has a wide array of students with a variety of needs. According to Dates, “A one-size-fits-all model won’t work.” He values parent involvement, transparency, and equipping staff and students with the things they need to be able to face future challenges.

    Jennifer DeVinney

    Jennifer DeVinney lives in Red Creek with her husband, Nathan. DeVinney has three children, two of whom currently attend Red Creek. She has ten years of teaching experience as a high school and middle school Spanish teacher and has taught a Spanish enrichment summer school program in Red Creek. DeVinney is currently an assistant principal at Lyons Middle/High School. Together with her husband,

    she owns a small party rental business. She is excited about running for the school board and sees it as an opportunity to give back to the community and to work to ensure a quality education for her children. DeVinney believes her professional experiences, combined with her commitment to the community and her own children’s education, will inspire her to promote and support policies that are fiscally sound but that attract and maintain highly qualified teachers. She also believes in creating opportunities for children to have educational experiences that prepare them to be productive community members with successful futures.

    Daryl DuVall

    Daryl DuVall lives in Red Creek with his wife, Mary. DuVall had one son with his wife prior to adopting 19 children from Wayne and Cayuga Counties. DuVall and his wife are both graduates of Red Creek, as are his grown children. Over the past 23 years, they have fostered 46 children and have been active members of the Fresh Air Foundation, which provides summer opportunities for children from New York City. DuVall thinks very highly of the Red Creek school system and believes that running for the Board of Education will give him the chance to give back to the community and school that helped shape his life, as well as the lives of his children. He believes that he can help the school, teachers, administrators, and students move forward in a positive direction and work to keep Red Creek Central one of the best in the state.

    Brian Nodine

    Brian Nodine, a lifelong Red Creek resident, lives in Red Creek with his wife, Carly. Nodine has two children who currently attend Red Creek. He has been co-owner and vice-president of Nodine’s Heating Inc. since 2002, and continues to play a role in designing HVAC and geothermal systems. At Nodine’s Heating Inc., he is also responsible for managing field service technicians and on-site customer service. Nodine believes that his many years of experience working with the public daily and adapting to the changing needs of the people in this community will serve him well, if elected. He adds that these skills would help him to work not for his agenda, but for the agenda of the students and faculty at Red Creek.

    William (Steve) Smith

    William (Steve) Smith, a 1989 graduate of Red Creek, lives in Fair Haven with his wife, Molly. He has two children who currently attend Red Creek. Smith has been a police officer for approximately 20 years, 15 of which he spent as a detective. Smith’s wife is a Red Creek graduate and a teacher in the district. Smith is an incumbent who was elected to the board in 2014 and has been serving as vice-president of the board since 2015. While on the board, Smith served on the Community Center Advisory Board as a liaison to the Baord of Education. He firmly believes in community service and feels that the school district is often the center of a community and he is committed to serving in the most meaningful way possible. If re-elected, he hopes to continue the collaborative work the school board is doing to support our students and hopes to see the expanded use of technology in the classroom.

    Terrance Uruburu

    Terrance Uruburu lives in Red Creek, and is the father of two children attending Red Creek. He is a 1992 graduate of Red Creek and is currently a Store Manager for Tops Markets in Camillus, overseeing all operations as well as 95 union associates. Uruburu is also the president and director of the Red Creek Rage Soccer Association and a member of the Red Creek Library Board of Trustees. One of his greatest hopes is to continue to bridge the gap between community resources that are offered at school as well as outlying options. Uruburu also wants to keep all students enriched academically and culturally while promoting new and active programs, the arts, and sportsmanship across the board.

    Write-in Votes to Play a Role in Hannibal Elections

    In the Hannibal School District election, there are three open seats and two candidates on the ballot. John (Jack) R. Pope and Madeline A. Pittorf are both incumbent candidates. The candidates are looking to fill two three-year terms. Because there are only two candidates vying for three open seats, residents will have the option of writing in the name of a candidate. The write-in candidate who gets the most votes will then fill the third seat. Voting will take place in the Board of Education Room at the Hannibal High School from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Residents can check the district website, www.hannibalcsd.org, for results of the election.

    Two Seats Open and Five Running for C-M Board

    The Cato-Meridian School District has two open seats and five candidates on the ballot for the school board election. The five candidates are Ron Witkowski, Carol Hunter, Monica Waite, Harmon Kent III, and incumbent Paul Byrne. The top two candidates will be filling two three-year terms. Voting will take place in the eighth grade cafeteria at the Cato-Meridian Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Residents can check the district website, catomeridian.org, for election results. In addition to posting the election results on their website, Cato-Meridian will also be sharing the results with TV news channels and reporters who request them.

    Five-Year Terms at Stake in NR-W

    Two seats are open in the North Rose-Wolcott School District, with three candidates hoping to fill them. Nicholas Porter is challenging incumbents Danny Snyder and Izetta Younglove in the school board race. The top two candidates will receive five-year terms. Voting will take place in the North Rose-Wolcott High School lobby from noon to 9 p.m. The results will be posted on the district website, www.nrwcs.org.

    Three Incumbents Vie for Seats in Clyde-Savannah

    Three seats in the Clyde-Savannah School District are open. Three candidates are on the ballot in hopes of securing a three-year term. The three candidates are John W. (Jack) Sloan, Holly Drahms, and Pamela (Pam) Anstee. Sloan and Drahms are current members of the board. While Anstee has not served on the board, she states that her 20 years of attending board meetings and serving on the Budget Advisory Committee informs her of the workings and limitations of the Board of Education. The three people receiving the highest number of votes, including write-ins, will earn a three-year term each.


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