Utica Teachers Association endorses two for seats on Board of Education

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UTICA — The Utica Teachers’ Association has announced its endorsement of James Paul and Howard Potter for the pair of seats up for election on the Utica City School District Board of Education.

The union made its endorsement in a letter from UTA President Scott Rogowski on Wednesday.

“Mr. Paul is honest, straightforward, dedicated, and willing to step up to make a positive change in our district. The Utica Teachers’ Association applauds James Paul’s extensive commitment to his community and the students in Utica,” the announcement said.

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

In addition, the announcement also lauded the character and experience of Potter.

“Mr. Potter has been a proponent for the community, parents, students and staff and has done a lot of work to try to improve the district. Mr. Potter’s honesty, skill set, determination and hard work will make a difference that will lead us into the future,” the announcement added.

“Along with other board members, we look forward to working with Mr. Potter to the fullest extent to fulfill the educational needs of our students.”

According to the New York State Education Department website, the Utica City School District has 9,738 students from pre-K through grade 12. The district’s annual budget vote and board of education election will be held on Tuesday, May 17.

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