Utica Teachers Association approves two for Education Council seats

UTICA – The Utica Teachers’ Association has announced its endorsement of James Paul and Howard Potter for the pair of seats to be filled on the Utica City School District School Board.

The union gave its approval in a letter from UTA President Scott Rogowski on Wednesday.

“Mr. Paul is honest, direct, dedicated, and ready to step up to bring positive change to our district. The Utica Teachers Association applauds James Paul’s extensive commitment to his community and the students of Utica,” indicates the ad.

“We look forward to Mr. Paul realizing his vision, and we are thrilled with all he will do to improve the lives of our students, our faculty and our community.”

Additionally, the ad also praised Potter’s character and experience.

“Mr. Potter has been an advocate for the community, parents, students and staff and has done a lot of work to try to improve the neighborhood. Mr. Potter will make a difference that will lead us into the future,” the announcement added.

“Along with the other members of the Board of Trustees, we look forward to working with Mr. Potter to the fullest extent possible to meet the educational needs of our students.”

According to the New York State Department of Education website, the Utica City School District has 9,738 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The annual district budget vote and school board election will take place on Tuesday, May 17.

Andrew B. Reiter