During the public hearing on the 2014-15 Ellicottville Central School budget, Michelle Golley Cortez introduced herself and announced that she is running a write-in campaign for a seat on the school board.

Two seats are open on the board; only one candidate, Niki Koschir Klein, is named on the official ballot. The ballot reads:

Board Member Election Voting

The candidates receiving the two highest numbers of votes will each serve a five-year term, beginning on July 1, 2014 and expiring on June 30, 2019.

Vote for TWO (2) (Please check):

_______ Nicole (Niki) Klein

_______ Write-in Candidate

Instructions for voting for write-in candidates will be available from election officials during the voting period from 1-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20.

Cortez provided the Ellicottville Times with the following biographical summary in announcing her candidacy:

“Hi, I am Michelle Golley Cortez, the daughter of Dale and Anne Golley, lifelong residents of Ellicottville. I would like to announce that I am running for the Ellicottville Central School Board of Education (BOE) as a write in candidate. I was born and raised in Ellicottville and am a 1989 graduate of ECS. I am proud to be living in the Village of Ellicottville where my daughters Evelyn (Evie) and Erin have the opportunity to attend ECS.

I am currently a 4th grade teacher for the Olean City School District where I have been teaching in Olean since my return to New York in 2006. Before returning to New York, I lived in Albuquerque, NM, for 13 years where I spent one year teaching in the Albuquerque Public School system and was previously employed at Intel Corporation serving both the Training and Manufacturing Engineering departments as a Training Supervisor. Shortly after graduating from ECS, I served in the United States Air Force until I was honorably discharged in 1996.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education Development from Southern Illinois University, a teaching certification from New Mexico Highlands University and a master’s degree in Childhood Literacy from Saint Bonaventure University.

I am active in the community. I volunteer my time by helping run the Ellicottville summer soccer program. I previously held two positions on the Ellicottville Little League Football Program as board member and vice president. I‘ve been a participant in the ECS/ETA Relay for Life team for 8 years.

As a parent and educator I feel I can bring a unique perspective to the school board as we work through challenges ECS now faces and will in the future. I look forward to working hard to serve our students, staff and community. Thank you for your consideration in the upcoming election.”