Wendy M. Dyment seeks reelection to Westfield School Board

Wendy Dyment

WESTFIELD — Wendy M. Dyment is one of three candidates seeking two positions on the Westfield Academy Central School Board of Education on the May 21 Budget Vote and Board Member Election.

She has issued the following statement:

“I have been a resident of Chautauqua County for 26 years and a Westfield resident and property owner for the last 24 years. In Westfield, I am a member of the First Presbyterian Church. I worked from 1995-2016 as a Red Cross certified swim instructor and lifeguard at Welch Pool. In addition to teaching swim lessons and leading water aerobics classes, I was also an American Red Cross lifeguarding, CPR, and water safety instructor-trainer. I taught new guards and recertified many returning lifeguards in skills and CPR over the 21 years I worked for Westfield’s Summer Recreation program.

In Chautauqua County, I am active in a variety of activities. I am a member of the Jamestown Area swim officials. I referee Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity swim meets from August through February during the fall and winter sports seasons. I’ve been a swim official in Section VI since 1993. I am a member of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Finally, I am very honored to be the moderator of Media One’s High School Academic Bowl since 2015.

“I am completing my first term on the WACS Board of Education. In those three years, I’ve learned quite a bit about the process of how a school district works behind the scenes. I’m currently employed as a high school social studies teacher in another school district in Chautauqua County. Being on the WACS BOE has brought me to a new level of understanding of the many different facets that comprise the educational process. As a WACS board member, I’ve seen many presentations over the past three years that highlight the resources and people that invest in our students’ futures. Field trips, guest speakers, poetry competitions, art exhibitions, STEM wars, robotics classes, musicals, and highlights from preschool exploratory activities to graduation exit interviews — every opportunity we offer is an investment in our students’ future prospects.

“I am running for reelection to the WACS Board of Education because I believe that the Westfield community is blessed with dedicated, devoted, and highly motivated teachers, administrators and support staff. Westfield’s students are fortunate to have so many opportunities available to them to help them make the most of their educational experiences and graduate as well-rounded individuals. I would like to continue to serve on the WACS Board of Education to ensure that these opportunities, and the staff that provides them, continue to be available to our students.

“I believe that members of the Board of Education serve as fiscal stewards for the school district and the community that they serve. WACS consistently produces students who are prepared to enter college and the workforce, all while working within the strict confines of the state budget allotment and the demands placed on teaching and administrative personnel by the New York State legislature. By keeping our students front and center of our collective perspective, the WACS Board of Education will ensure that our students continue to succeed. I believe that my background in education will continue to support a cohesive and collaborative Board of Education which is fully committed to our students, school, and community.

“I am a dedicated individual who is committed to supporting public education. I am both student-centered and community-minded. I will continue to advocate for fiscally responsible budgetary actions. I am asking for your vote on May 21, 2019. Voting will take place in the WACS gymnasium lobby from 12 noon until 8 p.m. The results of the vote and the election will be announced at an official Board of Education meeting in the gymnasium lobby at approximately 8:15 p.m.”