Niagara Gazette

April 7, 2014

Jocoy, Vilardo announce re-election bids for Falls school board

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Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — A pair of current Niagara Falls City School Board members have announced their intention to remain a member of the education trustees.

Arthur Jocoy Jr. and Nicholas Vilardo are campaigning for their second and third terms, respectively.

“The past four years have been educational and rewarding for me in my first term as a board of education member,” Jocoy said. “I am proud of the accomplishments of our system and the positive direction which we are heading.”

In a joint press release, the pair cited many of the board’s achievements since first being elected, including implementing more financial accountability and responsibility for district spending, implementation of SMARTBoards, the creation of STEM — science technology, engineering and math – labs and workrooms in each building, bringing more technology-assisted learning into the classroom, the rebuild and expansion of Niagara Street School and the consolidation and sale of property no longer needed.

Both said they’re heavily involved in the ongoing $67 million capital improvement project creating jobs and putting about $200,000 back into the local economy each week.

“(We’re) seeking reelection to finish the capital project and ensure they are completed properly and successfully,” Vilardo said. “We also want to assist in straightening out the current common core standards that are causing controversy all over the state and to continue pushing graduation rates in the current direction to which they are climbing.”

Vilardo is a retired city of Niagara Falls battalion chief, while Jocoy is a local businessman. Both are lifetime residents of the city and graduates of the district.

“Serving as a school board member requires passion,” Jocoy said. “I am passionate about our schools and our school system. Our children are our future and I plan to continue working for our schools. My goal is for our children to receive a world-class education. The result being opportunities entitling them a bright future as leaders of tomorrow.”