Albion, Medina have new presidents for Board of Education

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 July 2022 at 9:08 am

There are new presidents for the boards of education in Albion and Medina. Wayne Wadhams was appointed as the leader in Albion and LuAnn Tierney is the president for Medina. Both are retired teachers and coaches.

Wayne Wadhams

Wadhams retired in June 2017 after a career as a technology teacher and coach – football, track and field, and girls basketball. Wadhams started his teaching career at Albion at the former Waterport Elementary School. He continues to volunteer as the pole vault coach for Albion.

He also is on the board for the Orleans/Niagara BOCES and currently is a member of the Leadership Orleans Class of 2022.

He succeeds Linda Weller who briefly stepped in as president after Kathy Harling resigned in early June due to a conflict with her job as an attorney. Harling was the president for nearly three years. Weller, during the organizational meeting on July 6, was elected by the other board members to serve as vice president of the Board of Education for 2022-23.

Tierney follows Arlene Pawlaczyk as president of the Medina BOE. Pawlaczyk remains a member of the BOE. She didn’t seek re-election among the board members to continue as president.

Alissa Mitchell is the new board vice president. Wendi Pencille was in the position. She didn’t seek re-election to the BOE and her term ended on June 30.

Tierney has been on the board for two years. She is a retired physical education teacher at Roy-Hart and a GCC adjunct professor for nine years. She also is a track and field official.

The other school districts in Orleans County – Holley, Kendall and Lyndonville – are keeping the same board leaders.

In Holley, Robin Silvis is president and Anne Winkley is vice president. Kendall is keeping Lisa Levett as president and Rachel Fisken as vice president. In Lyndonville, Ted Lewis was re-elected by the board to serve as president and Sue Hrovat stays as vice president. Lewis has led the board for more than a decade.