SOUTH DAYTON - The Pine Valley Central School will host a Meet the Candidates night on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place in the high school auditorium with a question and answer session. Following, refreshments will be served in the high school library.
There are eight candidates vying for five open seats on the Pine Valley Board of Education: four three-year terms and one two-year term to fill the vacancy caused by former board member Jo Ann Anderson's resignation. The candidate with the fifth-most votes will be elected to the shorter term. The eight candidates are as follows:
Rex Butcher, a graduate of Pine Valley, received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Cleveland State University. He retired from Northern Tier Energy, LLC as vice president for commercial and business development, where he was a member of the executive management, risk management and disclosure committees. He and his wife, Darlene, returned to the school district in 2012 in Forestville with their two sons, Austin and Brendon. Butcher volunteered as an assistant varsity basketball coach at Pine Valley and the current coach of the Cherry Creek Minors baseball team.
A lifelong resident, Jeffrey Chase lives in Cone-wango Valley with his wife, Stacy, and three sons, Dylan, Dawson and Garrett. A graduate of Pine Valley and JCC, he is the director of nursing at Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing. To further pursue his commitment to our community, Chase was recently elected and serves on the Ellington Town Council. In his spare time, he enjoys watching his children and other Pine Valley athletes' sporting events.
He also enjoys the outdoors and working on his family's farm in South Dayton. Chase currently serves on the board of education and has served for 12 years.
Angelo Graziano has been a Pine Valley resident since 1992.
He and his wife, Tina, reside in Forestville and are the parents of Angelo II.
A graduate of Brocton Central School, Graziano is employed by the New York State Department of Transportation as a highway maintenance worker.
He is a Villenova Town Councilman and member of the Sons of American Legion and Moose Club.
Patricia Krenzer and her husband, "Coach" Bob, have been residents of the district for almost 30 years. Their four sons, Gary, Daniel, Brian and Andrew are all Pine Valley graduates. She taught social studies in the district for 13 years before joining Erie 2 BOCES as a staff development specialist. She earned her master's degree and administration certificate at SUNY Fredonia and was the middle school principal in the Silver Creek district for eight years until her retirement two years ago. She is a member of the Cherry Creek Snow-goers and a certified master gardener. She is currently serving on the board in Anderson's vacated seat.
A Pine Valley resident since 1986, Michael Pease is a graduate of Pine Valley and resides with his wife, Amy, in Cherry Creek. He is CEO of The Chautauqua Center and is a member of the Chautauqua Leadership Network and Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. Pease has been a board member since 2007.
Stephen Raiport, a district resident since 1996, resides on Route 62 in Go-wanda with his wife, Stacey, and children Thomas and Emily.
A graduate of Gowanda Central School, he also attended Edinboro University in Pennsylvania for two years and the JCC Chautauqua County Sheriff's Academy.
He is a police officer with the Gowanda Police Department and was previously employed by the Cattaraugus County and Erie County sheriff's departments as a deputy sheriff, and with the NYSDOT.
He is a 24-year member of the Gowanda Fire Department including 12 years as fire chief and a past coach in South Dayton Youth Baseball and a past coach and president in the Pine Valley Longhorns Football program.
Montgomery "Monty" Sticek and his wife, Julie, have been district residents since 1988 and reside in South Dayton. Their sons, Sean and Spencer are Pine Valley graduates.
Sticek graduated from Forestville High School and JCC.
He was employed by the New York State Department of Correctional Services, retiring as a lieutenant. He's a member of SAL Post 1593 and holds the position of squadron commander and state vice commander and adjutant.
He is a past officer and coach for South Dayton Youth Baseball and Pine Valley Youth Football and a former school board member.
Matthew Waag and his wife, Lori Ann, are the parents of Malori and reside in Cherry Creek. Waag is a lifetime district resident and Pine Valley graduate. He is employed as a machine operator at SKF Aeroengine.
He has been a board member for eight years and is a member of the buildings and grounds, finance/audit and grievance committees. Waag and his family are active members of the South Dayton Free Methodist Church.