Meet the Board of Education candidates

Residents will consider two candidates for one seat on the BKW Board of Education. The candidate with the greatest number of votes will fulfill a three-year term. The statements below were submitted by the candidates. The opinions contained within are theirs and may not reflect the opinions of views of BKW School District leaders or the Board of Education.

Randy BashwingerRandy Bashwinger is seeking his first term on the Board of Education.

“I take great pride in being a graduate of BKW. This pride and dedication to the community is why I have dedicated my life to public service.

After many years of working in residential and commercial building materials, I knew it was time to give back to the community that gave so much to me.

As the Berne Highway Superintendent and a member of the Helderberg Rescue Squad, I try to make my community better for my six children. Four of those children walk the halls of BKW each day. I have seen many changes in the district since my graduation in 1989.

As a parent and community member, I am dedicated to putting students’ needs first with equality for all students. I’m dedicated to increasing safety and security for students and staff of the district. My passion for this community runs deep.

My phone is always on and I look forward to hearing from all of you so we can all work together to move BKW into the future.”

Lillian Sisson-ChryslerLillian Sisson-Chrysler is seeking her second full term on the Board of Education.

“As a life-long resident of the Hilltowns, and an alumnus of BKW, I have spent many years invested in our school district.

In the past three years serving on the Board of Education, I have seen many positive changes  at BKW, but there is still a lot of work to be done. During my time on the board, I have been tasked with making decisions where I came to resolutions with my heart and with the children of BKW in mind.

As I seek re-election to the school board, my commitment is to our children and to the taxpaying members of our community. The BOE still has a lot of work to complete, and I would be honored to have the opportunity to continue the work that has been started. Board stability and continuity is vital to the long-term growth and success of our school district.

My number on goal is to work in conjunction with my fellow BOE members and our superintendent to continue to give the students a quality education and a school in which every member of the BKW community can be proud of.”

The vote on the 2018-19 proposed budget will be held on Tuesday, May 15 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Secondary School Auditorium.