The Grand Island Parent Teacher Association held a "Meet the Candidates Night" Tuesday for voters to learn more about the candidates who are running for the Grand Island Board of Education.
Seven candidates are vying for three seats on the Grand Island Board of Education, including one incumbent and six newcomers. They are, in ballot order: Joy LaMarca, Jeffrey Hassler, Glenn Bobeck (incumbent), Takayuki Nobumoto, Ashli Skura Dreher, Eric Soehnlein and Richard D'Agostino. The three top vote-getters will be elected to three-year terms on the school board, beginning July 1.
LaMarca is a Buffalo real estate attorney.
Hassler is a CPA and a cost accountant at Starline USA Inc. on Grand Island.
Bobeck is a corporate partner at the law firm Phillips Lytle LLP and current member of the Board of Education.
Nobumoto works for Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston as the hospital's senior director of project management. He is a former Board of Education member.
Dreher is a teacher in the Lewiston-Porter Central School District and the 44th New York State Teacher of the Year.
Soehnlein is a trial lawyer in the litigation and government investigations practice groups of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP.
D'Agostino is a special education teacher and currently the chairperson of the Committee on Special Education in the Buffalo Public Schools.