West Canada Valley Senior running for seat on school board

17-year-old Evan Moynihan hopes to be elected as a write-in candidate for the West Canada Valley Central School District Board of Education.

Posted: May. 11, 2018 11:19 PM
Updated: May. 12, 2018 8:31 AM

NEWPORT- With two seats up for grabs, 17-year-old Evan Moynihan hopes to be elected as a write-in candidate for the West Canada Valley Central School District Board of Education.

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Moynihan started his campaign on Monday, after debating whether he should or not.

The high school senior takes an interest in politics and decision-making and has decided to make that his concentratin at Utica College in Fall of 2018.

Moynihan said he wants to be a voice for teachers and students at the district. He said teachers need more recognition for their hard work and dedication. He said he can relate to students, and feels there's too much concentration on basic subjects and need more real world experience.

"Some students have always struggled with those classes, and even though they try, sometimes they don't offer those other opportunities like electives," said Moynihan. "These electives I believe we need more of to prepare students and promote their talent to show their full potential and help them prepare for reality and real world," he added.

Moynihan said he'll turn 18 on June 30,  which is the end of the term for current board members. He said after that, he'll get in contact with the New York State School Board Association to try and get their support.

Janine Lynch is the official candidate for one of those seats. Election day is May 15.

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