Sunday, May 9, 2010


Today's Buffalo News breaks down the school board elections across the county, including that in our town...

There’s a three-way race for two seats in the Roy-Hart School District, with two incumbents looking to keep their seats.

Paul E. Guinn, a steam fitter and instrument and controls technician, is the challenger in the race. He said the education of children is the top priority, but nearly as equal to that is making efficient spending decisions.

“I’m just going to be a responsible, contributing member to the school board,” said Guinn, 40.

Guinn has two daughters in the district and is a little league baseball coach with Roy-Hart Youth Baseball.

Incumbents Daniel R. Bragg and William H. Howell are both completing their second terms on the board.

Bragg said he’s running again because he wants to continue working to try to change the way the education process happens in public schools. The increased use of technology and other changes are needed because students learn differently and the system has not fully adapted, Bragg said.

“We don’t give these kids good foundations so they can make life choices,” said Bragg, 55.

Bragg, a manager at Standish Jones Lumber Co. in Gasport, also serves on the Royalton Town Council and is a member of the Gasport Volunteer Fire Co. He has eight children.

Howell, a safety risk specialist with Orleans-Niagara BOCES, said he thought about not running for the board again, but the financial difficulties expected over the next couple of years drew him back.

“I just didn’t want to run away at this point in time, and I figured I’d stay for one more term,” said Howell, 59.

Howell said he wants the district to explore more shared services.

His son is a graduate of Roy-Hart.

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