Community will miss Sandy Lockwood’s dedication

It is difficult to express the impact that Sandy Lockwood has had on her community.

Despite her recent passing, she has left a real and lasting legacy as not just a longtime officer of the Rome school board, the Madison-Oneida BOCES Board and the State School Boards Association but as a true and lifelong advocate for children.

Sandy was a bright, articulate and hard-working woman. As a wife, mother and full-time employee at Jervis Library, Sandy didn’t have a lot of free time so it is remarkable that she dedicated so much of her precious little free time trying to ensure that the educational needs of children, all children, regardless of race, income or ability, were met.

In addition to her school board services, Sandy was a dedicated member of the Rome Rotary and St. Peter’s Church.

In recognition of her service Sandy received a Distinguished Service Award from the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Association, the New York State Council of School Superintendents and also from the Board of Trustees at the SUNY Institute of Technology. Sandy was also selected the City of Rome’s "Woman of the Year" for 2001.

Over the years Sandy told me that the awards and the accolades, although wonderful, never meant as much as having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children. That was her true passion and her true calling.

We will all greatly miss Sandy and pray that others will be influenced by her leadership and example and be dedicated to helping make a quality education a priority for all children.

— James F. Brown, 2005 Bedford St.