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    Board of Education Election and School Budget Vote Results

    Board of Ed Candidates:
    **Elected to the Board of Education
    **Michael Balonek - 420
    Bill VanAllen - 203
    Katie Reed - 318
    **Arnie Rychlicki - 436
    **Jamie Fitch - 430
    Kathleen Brown - 372

    Board of Education Election and School Budget Vote

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    District Office – Freeman Drive off of 99 North Street, Caledonia

    Virtual Annual School District Budget Hearing and Presentation
    Meet the School Board Candidates

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 7 p.m.
    A link to the live stream of the budget hearing will be posted to the school website www.cal-mum.org and Facebook/Twitter earlier that day.

    Board of Education Candidates

    There are six candidates seeking the three open seats this year on the Caledonia-Mumford Central School Board of Education.
    Each are three-year terms commencing July 1, 2021, and expiring June 30, 2024.
    They are listed here in the order in which their names will appear on the ballot.

    Michael Balonek  

    Michael Balonek – 2668 Scottsville-Mumford Road, Mumford

    Lived in the CMCS District – 36 years

    Family Members – Wife Cassandra, children Robert and Annette are in elementary school

    Why do you wish to serve on the Board of Education

    “As the parent of two Cal-Mum Elementary School students, I would be honored to represent the Caledonia-Mumford community on the Board of Education. I currently own and operate Mumford Dairy & Meat.

    With a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education and teaching experience in both suburban and city schools, I understand the educational and social challenges today’s teachers and families are up against. I am not afraid to say no to actions that are not consistent with community values and student success. I appreciate the value of a college degree as well as skilled trades. I can offer fair and unbiased viewpoints regarding decision making.

    As assessments and tax rates continually increase, it will be my duty to balance district needs and be fiscally responsible to the taxpayer. If elected, I promise to listen to community members and assist in creating policy that is most beneficial to our teachers and administrative staff, and which ensures a bright future for our students.”

    Relevant Experience

    • Graduate of Caledonia-Mumford High School, Class of 2003
    • Lifelong resident of Mumford
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education 1-6, Special Education from SUNY Fredonia 2007
    • Own and operate Mumford Dairy & Meat (dairy, beef, produce and eggs) since 2009
    • Dairylea Structure Committee 2010-2011
    • Served as Session member at First United Presbyterian Church of Mumford 2015-2018
    • Host of farm community events and class field trips, including city schools and Cal-Mum pre-k.


    W VanAllen

    William VanAllen – 646 Sand Hill Road, Caledonia

    Lived in CMCS District – 60 years

    Family Members – Wife Laurie; children Kaylee and granddaughter Vivian VanAllen, son and daughter-in-law Matthew and Jordan VanAllen.

    Why do you wish to serve on the Board of Education?

    “I wish to continue to serve on the Caledonia-Mumford Central School Board of Education to help verify that the school’s programs are kept intact while trying to maintain a workable budget. I believe that as a board member, the CMCS board and administration team have always had a common goal, which is to offer children as many possibilities (sports, academics, clubs, etc.) as possible while trying to work within a very tight budget. Another reason for wanting to remain on the school board is seeing the impact we can have on a child’s present and future while they are engaged within the school years. I am always proud to see CMCS high school graduation rate and academic success.”

    Relevant Experience

    • Been a school board member for three consecutive terms
    • My experience as an engineer allows me to work on projects with tight budgets, which has been useful when working on the school budget. I try to use my experience when making decisions regarding money issues.
    • Another area of experience that is very useful is my working in team environments. The school board is comprised of many individuals who must work together as a unit with a common goal.

    Kathleen Anderson Reed

    Kathleen (Katie) Reed – 2976 Graney Road, Caledonia

    Lived in CMCS District – 25 years

    Family Members – Husband Cory Reed; children Cali (elementary school) and Carter Reed. Parents Amanda and Clifford Anderson, sisters Chelsea (Creig) Jackson, Danielle (Josh) Shelton; brother Brandon Anderson.

    Why do you wish to serve on the Board of Education?

    “I am a second generation Raider and my daughter is a current elementary school student. My husband and I both graduated from Cal-Mum and agreed it was best to move back to town after our daughter was born to be close to family and in a good, safe district.

    I was raised to always seek opportunities to help others and give back to my community. Over the last 15 years, I have worked in a variety of roles in healthcare, human services and education. During that time, I have had the privilege of working with people from all different cultures, backgrounds and ability levels. I truly recognize the dignity and worth of every person. I believe everyone in our community deserves to feel heard, respected and valued, and I am committed to being a board member who is a representative for all.

    I am currently a nurse educator and education department manager for a home healthcare company so I am also experienced in policy development and budget management. I have strong communication and conflict resolution skills as well, and have often been able to help people with strong differences of opinion find common ground.”

    Relevant Experience

    • Former youth cheer coach
    • Former case manager for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which included educational advocacy duties.
    • Registered nurse for more than five years
    • Current educator and department manager for CCOR
    • Currently consulting with URMC as a community partner developing curriculum
    • Leader of cultural competency and health literacy committee at CCOR
    • Experienced in managing staff and budgets
    • Experienced in policy development

    A Rychlicki

    Arnold Rychlicki – 220 North Street, Caledonia

    Lived in the CMCS District – 60 years

    Family Members – Wife Karen; children Samantha, Aaron and Jacob Rychlicki. All CMCS graduates.

    Why do you wish to serve on the Board of Education?

    “I wish to serve on the Cal-Mum School Board of Education because it is a great opportunity to be part of the decision making process that affects all of the students in the Cal-Mum school district. It is an important volunteer community service that brings with it a lot of pride in the matter of providing the best education for our students with the least burden to the taxpayers. It is an awesome chance to be part of the best team around, made up of teachers, support staff, administrators, the very supportive community and, of course, the students.”

    Relevant Experience

    • Fifteen years on Caledonia-Mumford Central School Board of Education
    • Serving on Elementary, Middle and High School Shared Decision Making Committees (Compact Committee).
    • Participated in New York State School Boards Association annual seminars, workshops, legislative meetings, etc.
    • Guest speaker in Cal-Mum Government class
    • Participation in team decisions/programs/committees such as all present (3) building principals interviews/selections; also superintendent selection.
    • Development of District Mission Statement, establish pre-kindergarten, one bus run,
    • Hamilton Field/Stadium, Elementary School Auditorium renewal.
    • Presently, Strategic Planning group, numerous policies/procedures.
    • Part of budget development/voter approved
    • College and career readiness for all graduating students

     Jamie Fitch

    Jamie Fitch – 762 Leicester Road, Caledonia

    Lived in the CMCS District – 32 years

    Family Members – Wife Arielle and daughter Alidia Fitch

    Why do you wish to serve on the Board of Education?

    “My name is Jamie Fitch and I wish to serve on the Caledonia-Mumford Central School District’s Board of Education. I have been a member of this community most ofmy life, excluding periods living in the City of Rochester and college. As a husband and a father, if elected, I would work tirelessly to ensure that the next generation of Cal-Mum alumni receive the same level of support and opportunity that my classmates and I had growing up.

    We have a strong foundation consisting of families, community members, teachers and school administrators. My number one priority would be to build on that success. This will be accomplished through the strengthening of communications between the district and the community, the main purpose of which will be to promote discussion, thoughtful reflection and spirited debate.

    Lastly, as a father, I have a vested interest in helping this school and our community thrive. Together, we will continue to lay the necessary groundwork for current and future students in order to maintain and strengthen our community so it can continue to be what it needs to be for all our children: A place to learn, a place to grow and a place to call home.”

    Relevant Experience

    • For the past six years and currently the COO of LeRoy Plastics, Inc. overseeing Human Resources, production overall facilities, insurance and financials.
    • Adjunct Professor at Bryant & Stratton College since 2010
    • Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ithaca College 2009
    • Bachelor of Science Degree from Alfred University 2008
    • Current small business owner in the community with a horse boarding business where I handle all of the administrative work such as insurance, taxes, lease, etc.
    • Worked in the insurance industry for 8 years with life/health and property casualty, understanding pricing, exposures, coverages and placement.
    • Three years of experience in IT Telecommunications training new employees.

    Kathleen Brown

    Kathleen Brown – 3230 State Street, Caledonia

    Lived in the CMCS District – 34 years

    Family Members – Husband Mark Brown, adult sons Christopher and Patrick Brown

    Why do you wish to serve on the Board of Education?

    “A school should reflect the best of a community. Educating young people is the best way to ensure the vitality of a community and society in general. I feel it is my time to serve in this capacity: supporting the important work of the district.

    There are several reasons I would like to be a Board of Education member. I want to help this school district continue the fine tradition of educating our youth. I want to ensure educational equity for all students of all abilities. I am committed to continual improvement of myself and the district. I worked for the Caledonia-Mumford Central School District for many years. I feel now is the time for me to serve the district in this capacity.

    I look forward to supporting the district as we all face post-pandemic life.”

    Relevant Experience

    • I have two grown children that we educated at Cal-Mum CSD. Both received an excellent Cal-Mum education.
    • I completed the Education Leadership Program at SUNY Brockport College and am certified as a School District Leader.
    • I served as president of the Caledonia Library Association, the Livingston County Library Board and the Pioneer Library System Library Board.
Last Modified on May 19, 2021