Albion school board candidate wants to push for improvement at district

Posted 20 May 2019 at 3:21 pm


Hi, my name is Linda Weller and I am running for a seat on the Board of Education for Albion.

It was not too long ago that our district was the go-to place to see fresh ideas, passionate debate and goal-driven leadership in budget stretching, technology, and student performance, as well as teacher mentoring and affirmation. Sadly, we have dropped in most categories to below average and if there is to be a future in Albion, we must elect leaders whose energy can revitalize the institutions including the schools.

I own a technology company in Rochester, we continually benchmark our performance against our peers – the industry changes so fast that using last year’s goals, systems or software prevents us from providing the best value and the best experience for our clients. School districts are no different. If we have bound ourselves to systems, protocols, and processes of 20 years ago, we cannot provide the best experiences for our students, their parents, and the community.

I believe we should be observing, adapting and adopting best practices both internally and from adjacent or other comparable school districts, to improve student performance. Our teachers should have the opportunity to interact with the teachers in those districts, to share ideas and best practices. I believe we should be seeking out grants for STEAM programs (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), as well as other grant opportunities. One way to achieve this is by utilizing the Smart School Bond money, already allocated to the district.

Albion’s literacy levels have dropped in the last 10 years, some factors may make the job difficult, but we could be much more successful if our teachers had confidence in the district’s direction and credibility. If they don’t have faith how can we, as a community, expect them to confidently give this district their best efforts?

Albion may never have the dollar resources of schools like Spencerport or Brighton, Williamsville or Sweet Home. But we do know from past experience that Albion can be a high achieving district, and I am willing to work collaboratively, and commit the time and skills necessary to achieve this goal

A number of people have asked why I would want to run for School Board again. I was previously elected in 2013. I planned to continue serving, but lost an election last May by only 40 votes. Rather than be discouraged, I’m even more passionate. I’ve been there. I know what needs to be done, and I am willing to work hard for this community.

I ask for your vote for a seat on the Albion School Board.

Thank you.

Linda Weller