Introducing our Board of Education Candidates
Seven candidates are running for three seats on the Central Square Central School District Board of Education. Each seat carries a three-year, unpaid term, starting July 1, 2017.
We will be holding a Meet the Candidate event, to be held on Monday, May 8th, immediately following the scheduled Public Hearing/Regular Meeting. Sponsored by the Student Leadership Task Force, the forum will be split into two sections including a platform statement followed by questions prepared in advance concerning our school district.
Kristy L. Fischmann has entered the race for a seat on the Central Square School Board. Kristy has spent most of her life living in the District, leaving only once to practice law in New York City for a few years.
Following her graduation as Salutatorian of Paul V. Moore’s Class of 2000, Kristy attended Utica College of Syracuse University where she studied Criminal Justice and Economic Crime Investigation. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2003, following a capstone internship at the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) in Lyon, France. She then graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 2007. While in law school, she served as an Executive Editor of the Syracuse Law Review and received numerous academic honors, including a National Security and Counterterrorism Law Certificate. Throughout her education, Kristy was also an accomplished athlete, particularly on the rifle range and lacrosse field, and received many honors and athletic awards including induction into the Athletic Halls of Fame for both Paul V. Moore and Utica College.
Kristy spent her first three years practicing law in New York City for two prestigious international law firms (Clifford Chance and Skadden). While there, her practice focused primarily in white collar criminal defense, including cases involving financial and health care fraud, anti-trust, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Upon the birth of her first child in 2010, Kristy moved back home and quickly secured a job with Gale Gale & Hunt, a boutique firm in Fayetteville, New York that specializes primarily in medical malpractice defense. She spent four years there before transitioning back into the white collar criminal defense arena as an Associate of Barclay Damon (formerly Hiscock & Barclay). Kristy has also served as an adjunct lecturer at Utica College where she has taught legal concepts related to the prosecution of economic crimes.
Upon her return in 2010, Kristy and her husband Ken built a house and settled down in West Monroe. They have two children (Kenny, age 7 and Katie, age 4) who attend Aura A. Cole Elementary. Since she has been back, Kristy has spent countless hours volunteering at various school and church (Divine Mercy) functions, including participation on the community focus group set up by the School Board in 2014 to aid in consolidation efforts. If elected, Kristy would very much look forward to serving all stakeholders.
My name is Steve Patch and I am asking for your support on the annual vote for school board members May 16.
As a childhood resident of Central Square and graduate of Paul V Moore high school, I can say that I am thankful for the education that the Central Square School system provided for my wife Karen, our three children and myself. Karen and I have also hosted eight YFU exchange students in our home. Hosting these students was a fantastic opportunity to share the Central Square community, culture and traditions.
After graduating from PVM, I enlisted the US Coast Guard and served 20 year of active duty, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer. When I retired from the Coast Guard, I worked as the business manager for my father-in-law’s company J. Brown and Son in West Monroe. Currently I work for General Services Administration as a Senior Property Manager in Syracuse. I have a B.S. in Business Administration.
My professional background makes me uniquely qualified to be a positive addition to the school board. On this same ballot is a 40 million-infrastructure bond for the schools. I believe I can be a valuable team member for the decisions that will be required for this bond going forward. In my current position as a Senior Property Manager, I have responsibility of the day-to-day operations, construction projects and building repairs of the Federal Building and US Courthouse in Syracuse, Binghamton and Utica.
My goal as a member of the school board will be to make sure every student has the same high quality of education that I was provided. With your support, we can continue that and take on the challenges ahead with dedication to the community. If you have any questions for me, you can email me at email@example.com.
My name is Michael Lawyea and I am running for a seat on the Central Square School Board for 2017. I am a resident of the town of Hastings and have been so since 2001. My wife Janean and I have two great kids, Camryn and Michael, both who attend the Central Square High School. Camryn is a senior this year and she is a Co-Captain of the CS Rifle Team as well as the President of Student Government. She will be attending the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management this fall. Michael is a sophomore who has a passion for skateboarding, gaming and artwork. Some of you may have seen his work around the school as he has painted murals for some of the teachers in both the Middle School and High School. Personally, I am a military veteran with over 24 ½ years of Active Duty service, first with the US Navy and then finally with the US Air Force as a member of the NY Air National Guard with the 174th ATKW in Syracuse. Throughout my time in the military my primary duty was that of a pilot in both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft with numerous deployments overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom while serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Persian Gulf and Colombia.
Originally I am from Kirkville, NY and graduated from Chittenango High School. I attended NC State University where I completed a degree in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned into the US Navy before heading off to Pensacola, FL where I began my military career as a Naval Aviator. In 2013 I retired from the military and for the next 3 years I was the Manager of Aviation for National Grid overseeing three aircraft and a small staff of pilots and maintenance personnel. Today I am looking to venture into different areas of service and hence my decision to pursue a seat on the Central Square School Board. I look forward to seeing you at Meet the Candidate Night on May 8th.
My name is Robert Colozzi and I have been a resident in the Central Square School District since July of 2007. I was a nurse employed by the Veterans Administration Medical Center and retired from there as of June 30th, 2016. My wife of nearly 17 years is Diane Colozzi, and our son Zachary is a student at Paul V Moore High School. In my spare time I love being outdoors and my wife and I spend many hours in the summer riding our bicycles and walking around our neighborhood, Green Lake and Beaver Lake nature center. My family attends Church and are members of Wellspring Family Life Church of Central Square and I am on our Church Council.
I enjoy serving at my church and I hope to serve on this Board Of Education as well. This is a position I would take very seriously and take the time to hopefully be a valuable asset on this board. I know I have a lot to learn, but I also know I am aware of all the hard work that is required to help make this one of the best school districts in New York State. I will ask questions and spend the time required to help make this happen. Thank you very much for this opportunity to possibly become a member of this board.
Randy L. Hoyt has served on the Central Square School District Board of Education for 18 years. He is also currently serving as a Board of Education Member for Oswego BOCES (CITI BOCES).
Randy is a life-long resident of the Central Square School District and has lived in the Village of Central Square for 20 years. He earned his Bachelor degree in 1993 from SUNY Oswego, is a 1988 graduate of Paul V. Moore High School and a 2001 graduate of Leadership Oswego County.
Randy has been employed with Fulton Savings Bank for 22 years. His current position is a Branch Manager. In this capacity, he has worked in the Fulton, Hannibal, Phoenix, Central Square, Constantia and Brewerton townships in which he has created many strong personal and professional relationships.
His wife, Lori, is also a graduate from both alma maters and is a science teacher with Citi BOCES. They have been married for 20 years and are the parents of two children who attend Paul V. Moore High School and Central Square Middle School.
As a member of the Central Square Board of Education, Randy has been on the School Board Policy Committee, the Audit Committee and the District Level Shared Decision Making Committee. He has served as an adopted board member for Central Square Middle School, Central Square Intermediate and Millard Hawk Primary Schools. As a BOCES member he currently sits on the Audit Committee.
Randy is very active in his children’s extracurricular activities and family endeavors. He also has been and continues to be an active volunteer for various civic and academic organizations throughout the Oswego and Onondaga Counties.
Scott A. Duggleby has had the previous honor to serve as a Central Square School Board member and was selected by his board colleagues to lead as Board President three times.
Duggleby, on three separate occasions, successfully assisted with stalled labor negotiations. He has led the board in a search for a new Superintendent, relocation of the district office and redistricting based on building utilization. He has lobbied on behalf of the district multiple times in Albany and at the regional level.
He served several times on the Audit and Policy Committee, which with the collaboration of fellow board members, initiated a program in which school auditors voluntarily assist to maintain fiscal transparency and accountability within Central Square District’s PTO, PTA, Booster and fund raising clubs.
Duggleby’s background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from State University of New York, and Master’s work in Environmental Policy and Democratic Process at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.
He began his career teaching at Oriskany Jr./Sr. High School, where he earned tenure. He now works in the area of financial services and banking. He works at Citizens Securities, Inc. as Vice President and Regional Sales Manager in New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.
Duggleby and his wife of 25 years, Gina Duggleby (Meixell), have three children. The family owns and operates North Riding Equestrian Facility in Cleveland, where they reside.
Sarah Taylor, her husband Dan, and their five children are residents of the Town of Constantia. Sarah has been an active member of the CSSD Board of Education for the last three years, participating on the budget, audit, long range planning, communication, and policy committees. She has attended the NYSED Commissioner's Round Table in Albany, NYSSBA board member convention in Buffalo, and many local events supporting CSSD students and staff. Sarah is an ardent supporter of a parent's right to choose, and the need for New York State education funding reform.