Board of Education candidates

Two incumbents are running uncontested for the two seats up for re-election on the Board of Education.

The candidates, Greg Kincaid and Gary Bracken, are running for re-election to three-year terms, from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. Mr. Kincaid will appear first on the ballot, and Mr. Bracken will appear second. Both candidates submitted the following information for voter consideration.

 

Greg Kincaid
gkincaid@spencerportschools.org

Greg Kincaid
Occupation:
 I am an elementary Physical Education Teacher/Coach in the Churchville-Chili School District, with 30 years of educational experience.  I have also been teaching for Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Extended School Year program for over 20 years.

Family: wife, Chris, and sons Greg (Jill), Jeff, and Mike (Courtney) 

Community ServiceMy community engagement activities throughout the years include; Spencerport Central School District Board of Education (2016-present), Spencerport CSD Rotary Corporate Representative, Spencerport Junior Baseball, Spencerport Soccer Club, St. John the Evangelist Church Parish Council/Cemetery Committee, Boy Scout Troop 04, SCSD Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee, SCSD Athletic Advisory Committee, and SCSD Budget Focus Group. 

Why serve on the Board of Education: As a lifelong member of the Spencerport community, an alumnus, and an educator, I am seeking re-election because I believe that Spencerport’s children deserve the best educational opportunities. Our school district is a significant part of the Spencerport community. As a passionate community member, professional educator and current board member, I will continue to bring realistic ideas and experiences to the Board of Education, which will support success for all students.  My background and longevity as a Spencerport resident will enable me to represent our community by listening carefully and collaborating with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other community members. I have always been a person who believes in community involvement; especially with kids. What better way to do that than to serve on the Board of Education! 

What are the top issues facing our schools? 
School safety and security is an ongoing focus for schools across the nation. School districts must be proactive and diligent when implementing programs and initiatives that support the safety and security of all students and staff. Establishing and maintaining partnerships with local law enforcement agencies is one of several initiatives that promotes school safety and security.

In addition, the validity of the New York State ELA and Math Tests is a common issue that our schools are facing. Testing is a realistic part of a student’s educational path and should be used to measure individual student growth and achievement. Furthermore, they should be fair and appropriate for all students. Assessment results should be used to plan and implement effective instruction.  Gathering feedback from students, parents, and educators, as well as bringing more teachers into the process of developing future state assessments, is a critical step in moving forward to make these tests valid and fair for all students.

Another issue that our schools are facing is the process of formulating a spending plan (budget) that will maintain and enhance instructional programs, including extra-curricular opportunities, during this time of rising costs. As we transform education and continue to prepare students for our ever-changing global community, a school budget must be reasonable to the taxpayers of the community.  Additionally, long term financial planning is critical for schools moving forward.  Not only is it important to regulate our revenues and expenses of today, but we also need to continue to be proactive and mindful of future financial stability. 

What would you like people to know about you? It would truly be an honor to be re-elected to the Spencerport Board of Education. Serving on the Board has been one of the most civic minded and rewarding experiences for me. I am a proud graduate of Spencerport, where I attended school K-12. Not only did I benefit from a great educational experience in Spencerport; my three sons did as well. My wife Chris and I are very grateful that our children had the opportunity to learn from some of the best teachers, coaches, advisors, and administrators. A strong school district is the foundation of a great community. Spencerport is a great community that supports its’ public school system. As a board member, I will continue to work diligently to see that this tradition continues. Because of my community involvement, I have developed a strong understanding of the importance of collaborative decision making and supporting what is best for the kids in our community. 

Gary Bracken
gbracken@spencerportschools.org 
Gary Bracken

Occupation: Corporate Communications, Leidos, Inc.

Family: Wife Jeanne, Sean (senior), triplets Maggie, Ryan and Ian (sophomores)

Community Service: I’ve been a coach in the past for the Spencerport Soccer and Baseball programs. I currently provide assistance to FIRST Robotics Team 3015 and participate at the Spencerport Foodlink events in addition to the past nine years on the Board of Education

Why serve on the Board of Education: I served in the U.S. military for 23+ years and even after I retired, felt the drive to continue serving in some way. We intentionally moved to Spencerport from down south for the schools and in doing so, it opened the door for an outlet for serving the community. I first served on the PTO at Taylor and was president for several years. When there was an opening on the Board, I was encouraged by the Taylor principal and others to run and I was thrilled to become a member of the Board in 2010.

What are the top issues facing our schools: In a district that prides itself on having the best programs and opportunities for our students, and for attracting and retaining top talent in the educational field, there will always be budgetary pressures to maintain that level of performance. Additionally, with what seems to be new unfunded mandates every year from the state and federal levels of government, that budgetary pressure only increases.

Another extremely important facet of the district in the life of our community is the overall safety and well-being of our students. This does not only mean that the school buildings are secure. It also means that we recognize and address many of the social and economic challenges our students and families face. Understanding and having the ability to address Adverse Childhood Experiences is paramount now and into the foreseeable future.

What would you like people to know about you: Hopefully anyone that knows me understands how passionate I am about our schools and the larger community. I try to always find the best way forward for our students and staff, looking for any chance to highlight the positive. But I can be equally passionate when it comes to facing negative events and helping work through them. We have a fantastic team in place leading our schools and it is a privilege to be associated with them. And on a lighter note, even though I really struggle with the winters up here, I do love what this community has meant to our family.