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Board Candidates

Informational Candidate Video

Meet the Candidates Night

The six candidates are in the order they will appear on the ballot.

Board Member Michael Littman.

1A - Dr. Michael J. Littman (i)

Education:

1986 Ph.D. The Ohio State University
1980 M.S. Auburn University
1976 BA University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Children and school they attend/graduated:

Jess (2005) and Ezra (2011) both Williamsville North and both have graduate degrees

Community Involvement and/or Boards you are involved with:

2023: President Search Committee-Buffalo State
2020-2025: College Senator-Buffalo State
2006-2015, 2021-2024, Williamsville Board of Education Member,  President 2011-2012, 2013-2014: Vice President 2009-2011. Audit Committee Member
2004-2024: PTSA-President  Heim Middle PTSA 2005-2006,   VP 2006-2007
2015-2025: Town of Amherst Board of Ethics, Member
2014-2020: Williamsville Superintendent Advisory Council, Member
2012-2020: Buffalo Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Occupational Education, Member
2012-2020: Special Olympics of WNY, volunteer and coach
2003-2011: Amherst Youth Basketball, Coach 
1998 to 2007: Lou Gehrig Youth Baseball, Coach
2009 to current: Morton Lane Federal Credit Union, Board of Directors, President 2020-2022, Vice President, 2016-2019, 2022 to current
2005-2011: Meals on Wheels for Western New York, Board of Directors (6 year term limit)
2021to current: Kosher Meals on Wheels, Volunteer
2004-2011: Meals on Wheels, Volunteer  driver/server
2010-2013 Flying Tigers 69th, DPS of the 14th Air Force Association, Board of Directors, Treasurer 2011-2013

Hobbies/Interests:

People focused activities, outdoor activities, family activities, travel

Favorite quote or philosophy:

“The most valuable resource this country has is not gold or oil, but the minds of young people.” Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, from my hometown, founder of Scholarship America 

Why are you seeking election or re-election?

I have a long term commitment to public education and listen. As a BOE member from 2006 to 2015 and 2021-2024, serving two terms as President and two terms as VP, my re-election adds experience, knowledge, leadership, and consistency to our Board. 

We, as a community, need to work together to develop the unique potential of all students.  I believe in a strong academic program, with mental health support, academic support, extracurriculars, while providing our teachers, staff, and administrators the resources to do their best for all students. I believe in fiscal responsibility in budgeting.

Thank you.
 

Headshot of Philip G. Danielson

2A - Philip G. Danielson

Education:

Houghton College (now Houghton University), Houghton, NY.  BA in Business Administration, minor in Computer Science (1984-1988)

Children and school they attend/graduated:

Emma – Williamsville North (2022), Isla – Casey Middle School

 

Community Involvement and/or Boards you are involved with:

  • Teacher’s Desk, Buffalo, NY (2014 – present) 
  • Friends feeding Friends, Buffalo, NY (2022 – present)
  • Good News Global Jail Ministry (2022 – present)

Hobbies/Interests:

Hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, family, music

Favorite quote or philosophy:

Every day is precious.

Why are you seeking election or re-election?

Serve my community to (1) maintain the solid academics in all subjects including math, science, history, English and music, (2) Stewardship – care for what we have and plan for what is next, (3) Self-sufficiency – for individuals, families, our district, our community, our nation, (4) Charity – within budget and with wise discernment assist those who need help.   
 

Board Member Maureen Poulin.

3A - Maureen Poulin (i)

Education:

University of Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Education; University of Missouri-Kansas City, Masters of Arts in Guidance and Counseling; University of Missouri-Kansas City, Educational Specialist, Educational Administration; University of Loyola-New Orleans,  Masters of Pastoral Studies

Children and school they attend/graduated:

Two grandchildren: Senior at Williamsville South, and 6th grader at Mill Middle School

Community Involvement and/or Boards you are involved with:

Forest PTA (2021-present), Superintendents Inter-High School Advisory Council(2022-present), Erie County Association of School Boards Delegate Assembly(2020-present), Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (2021-present) Erie County Association of School Boards Rising Star Recognition (2023 & 2024) Williamsville Village Co-op (2018-present)

Hobbies/Interests:

Cooking, reading, walking, theater, family activities, travel, life-long learning

Favorite quote or philosophy:

Some see things as they are and ask, ‘Why?’. I dream things as that never were and ask, ‘Why not?’ (George Bernard Shaw)

Why are you seeking election or re-election?

I am seeking reelection to continue the work that has just begun on several initiatives, among them: the work of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, student mental health, Special Education, and communication.  I bring my 31 years of experience and skills as a teacher, counselor, and principal to my commitment to ensuring that the excellence of the Williamsville Central School District is maintained, as well as always keeping eyes open to consider, “Where can we be better?” I am a strong communicator, curious life-long learner, and team builder. I want to put these passions and energies to the the service of the Williamsville community.

Headshot of Endell Osuna, Esq.

4A - Endell J. Osuna, Esq.

Education: 

Valparaiso University School of Law (2017); Oswego State University (2013)

Children and school they attend/graduated:

Julian Forest Elementary (3rd Grade); Luna Summit Center (1st Grade)

Community Involvement and/or Boards you are involved with:

SEPSTA (2023-Present; Board Member); Williamsville PTSA Council (2023-Present; Co-President Nominee)

Hobbies/Interests:

Spending time with my children and playing basketball.

Favorite quote or philosophy:

Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally , it comes from what you do consistently.

Why are you seeking election or re-election?

To make this great school district even better and to improve the Special Education system.

Headshot of Dawn Fletch

5A - Dawn Fletch

Education:

Buffalo State College, BS Fashion Merchandising/Business

Children and school they attend/graduated:

Daughter, graduated from North 2023  Son who is a freshman at North

Community Involvement and/or Boards you are involved with:

Dodge PTA Co-President (2015-2017), Treasurer (2013-2015), PTSA Council Rep (2018-2019) PTSA Council Co-President (2020-2022), North PTSA VP (2022-2024)

Hobbies/Interests:

Watching my son play sports, Reading, being with family and friends.

Favorite quote or philosophy:

My philosophy on life is be kind, be a good person and tell the truth.  Even if it hurts a little.

Why are you seeking election or re-election?

Being on the school board offers a unique opportunity to directly impact the educational journey of students within our community, including my son.  I would love the chance to contribute to the develop and implementation of policies that can help shape our district. I want to be a voice for educators, students and parents and advocate for their concerns.

Board Member Swaroop Singh.

6A - Dr. Swaroop Singh (i)

Education:

PhD, Biomedical Engineering; MBA, University at Buffalo

Children and school they attend/graduated:

Anika Kaur (2023); Riya Kaur - Transit Middle

 

Community Involvement and/or Boards you are involved with:

School: Country Parkway SDM (2018-2021), WCSD Wellness Committee (2020-2022); DEI Committee (2021-2024); Audit Committee (2023-2024); DEI Calendar Committee (2023-2024); 

Community: India Association of Buffalo (2017), Council of Heritage and Arts of India (2018-2022), Bridges from Borders (2022-2024), Town of Amherst Youth Board (2018-2020)

Hobbies/Interests:

Cooking, Photography & Travel

Favorite quote or philosophy:

You never fail until you stop trying. - Albert Einstein

Why are you seeking election or re-election?

During my term on the school board, the board made significant progress on number of issues including - DEI, Special Education, District-wide communications, sustainability and environmental education. My focus, if re-elected, would be on improving mental health of our children, continued progress on the district-wide strategic plan, while being responsive to the community needs. I bring a set of unique set skills and experiences, which along with a voice of diversity makes me the best candidate to run for school board. 

Information from Erie County Association of School Boards (ECASB)

Prospective School Board Member Workshop - Erie 1 BOCES Education Campus
March 23rd 8:00-10:30 AM, Building B - Conference Room B1

2024 - Mandated Trainings - New School Board Members (*save these dates if elected)

  • *May 28th 2 Hour Governance Part 1 6:00-8:00 PM, B1 and B2B
  • *June 1st 4 Hour Governance Part II 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, B1 and B2B 
  • *June 11th 2 Hour Fiscal Oversight Training Part 1 6:00-8:00 PM, B1 and B2B
  • *June 15th 4 Hour Fiscal Oversight Training Part II 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, B1 and B2B 

Information from New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA)

  • Click HERE for New York State School Board Association Running for the School Board link (includes English and Spanish versions of 2024 Running for the School Board brochures) 
  • Click HERE for New York State School Boards Association - New Member Resources link  
  • Click HERE for New York State School Boards Association - The School Board Member Experience 
  • Click HERE for New York State School Boards Association - New School Board Member Handbook

Additional Information

Three positions will be available, with the candidates having the three highest number of votes to each serve a term of three (3) years beginning on July 1, 2024 and continuing through June 30, 2027. There is no monetary compensation for serving on the WCSD Board of Education, however, you must take a sworn oath of office that you will faithfully discharge the duties for the Williamsville Central School District according to the best of your ability. 

New York State Law requires newly-elected school board members to take mandatory training within their first year of service. This training requires topics on the essentials of school board governance and a minimum of six hours in fiscal oversight, accountability and fiduciary responsibilities of a school board member.