The election for three ECS School Board members is scheduled for May 21, and four contenders will be on the ballot.

Two five-year (2013-2018) positions are open to replace two members whose terms expire June 30, 2013. There also is a four-year (2013-2017) position open to complete the remainder of Aimee Kilby’s term, which she resigned in order to become ECS District Treasurer. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will win the five-year board positions. The candidate with the third-highest number of votes will complete Kilby’s term.

The following ECS district residents are running and will appear on the ballot in the following order:

Melissa Foster, 

Great Valley

Education: B.A., Elementary Education, SUNY Geneseo; Reading Master’s/Certification, Indiana University of Pa.; Master’s/Certification, Niagara University

Platform: Melissa believes her strong academic qualifications and knowledge of education and government regulations will help ensure a bright future for the children who attend ECS.

Roger Spell, Ellicottville

Education: Graduate, Doniphan High School, Doniphan, Missouri; U.S. Air Force Electronic Intelligence Training

Platform: Roger believes his six years of experience on the board and his leadership in the strategic planning and capital improvement project processes make him highly qualified for another term on the board.

Leonard Zlockie, 

Great Valley

Education: Graduate, Olean High School; Associates Degree, Jamestown Community College; attended St. Bonaventure University

Platform: Len believes there must be a balance between keeping taxes reasonable and providing a quality education for all children, now and in the future.

William Murphy,


Education: Graduate, Ellicottville High School; studied at Clarkson University and Jamestown Community College

Platform: Bill will work to ensure that all children, including those with special needs, receive a quality education.

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