Board candidate Megan Sarkis

Megan Sarkis
Megan Sarkis

Larkwood Drive
[email protected]

Occupation: assistant director of undergraduate admissions, SUNY Brockport

Family: Lee, husband (SHS Class of 1997); children, Joey (9th grade) and Eliza (4th grade at Terry Taylor)

Community service: president of Terry Taylor Elementary Parent Teacher Organization; member of the following Spencerport Central School District committees: Equitable Grading Task Force, Ad Hoc Homework Committee, Superintendent Search Committee, and the Extended COVID Response Team.

Why serve on the Board? Having worked at a SUNY institution for 19 years, I am a fierce supporter of strong public education systems, both at the K‐12 and post‐secondary levels, with equal access for all students. I have been fortunate to serve the students and families within Spencerport High School through my role at SUNY Brockport, but I believe I can do more. My experience and expertise in college and career readiness would bring a unique voice to the Board of Education, one that is committed to seeing the students in our district reach their full potential, both inside and outside of the classroom.

I’ve had the privilege of serving the district as a member of the Extended COVID Response Team, which allowed me the opportunity to see all the complexities behind the decision‐making and execution of bringing students back into the buildings during the pandemic. This service validated my passion for serving our school district. Tensions are high in our nation right now, and those tensions have trickled down to the school board level at some of our neighboring districts. I am running for the Board of Education because I am committed to maintaining respectful dialogue and debate, and not letting the mission of the district be derailed by partisan politics.

I would bring to the board a sense of open‐mindedness and a commitment to collaboration with all stakeholders: students, parents, teachers, administrators, etc. I am a committed public servant and feel passionately about the value of a Spencerport education. I would be honored to represent the diverse values and needs of our community.

What are the top issues facing our schools? We are on the tail end of a global pandemic and won’t know the far‐reaching effects on our students and staff for years to come. There are immediate needs, such as bridging the educational gap that may exist after months of virtual learning, reintroducing positive behavior and problem‐solving skills to students who lost almost two years of formative learning and socialization, and more. Also, supporting the mental health and wellness needs of both students and teachers in the short‐ and long‐term is paramount. Teaching has always been a high‐stakes, stressful job, but teacher burnout is a concern now more than ever. Retaining our excellent teachers in Spencerport is a must, as they are key to advancing the goals of the district.

What would you like people to know about you? When we relocated to Rochester in 2008, my husband and I looked solely at homes in the Spencerport School District due to the strong reputation of the schools. We knew that living here would be the best investment we could make for our growing family. My children have had the great fortune of learning from our talented teachers and staff, and I would be honored to give back to them through service on the Board of Education.