Meet the Board Candidates!
There are three candidates for the three open Board of Education seats. They are (listed alphabetically) Alice Ann Benedict, Barbara Bowman and Tanni Bromley. As with any Board election, there is an option for write-in candidates as well. The candidate with the least number of votes will serve from June 9, 2020, through June 30, 2021, to fill a vacated position that has been filled by appointment for the interim leading up to this vote. The other two elected candidates will serve for three-year terms, from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023.
This election, in conjunction with the votes on the proposed budget and capital project, will take place by postage-paid absentee ballot only. All ballots are due back to the District by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
Here is information about the three candidates:
Alice Ann Benedict is back on the Board of Education, having served previously from 1995-2006, including three terms as BOE president. She was appointed in May 2020 to fill the position vacated by Zachary Korzelius.
A long-time homemaker and retired paralegal, Mrs. Benedict has strong ties to the Batavia City School District. Both she and her husband Wayne graduated from BHS, as did her three children. Now, one of her grandchildren is beginning the BCSD journey at Jackson Primary. Among her extended family, many are graduates of or currently enrolled in our schools. In addition, Mrs. Benedict chose “local” for her post-high school studies and graduated with honors from Genesee Community College.
Mrs. Benedict says, “I have always been interested in the education of students of Batavia, at a fair cost to residents here. The BCSD is near and dear to my heart. I’d like to see it continue to improve, and I know I can help with that process.”
Barbara Bowman, a Batavia resident for 38 years who has served on the Board of Education for the past three, earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Buffalo State College and is a certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor. She has worked at Genesee County ARC, Cazenovia Recovery Systems and GCASA (Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc.). In addition, she has volunteered for the Batavia YWCA’s domestic violence program. She has one daughter who graduated from BHS and has seven grandchildren in school in the District.
Ms. Bowman says, “I have served for the last three years on this board and have found it extremely satisfying to spend time with the students at all our schools. From Jackson Primary to Batavia High, I have loved working with them at carnivals, the JK race, book fairs BMS Connect Days, and Family Nights. Watching our students become all they can be and being a part of that process has been both uplifting and rewarding for me. Our youth are our future. I believe strongly in each and every one of them and as a Board member, am willing to work hard on both the challenges and the positives that the District will face in the coming months and years.”
Tanni Bromley, a resident of Batavia for 18 years and on the Board of Education for three, worked as a psychiatric physician assistant until becoming the Associate Director of Behavioral Health/East and Central Region for Landmark Health. She is married to Michael Bromley, the athletic director for the District, and they currently have one child attending school in the District.
Mrs. Bromley says, “During my first term on the Board of Education, the District received a Top Work Place award (from The Democrat and Chronicle) two years in a row. With a new superintendent and administrators on our team, I would like to assist in making and keeping Batavia the best district. I believe my honest and open approach to leadership is a significant asset to this board.”