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Two candidates seek seats on Marcellus Board of Education

May 9, 2017 -- Marcellus residents on May 16 will elect two members of the Board of Education to each serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2020.
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Two candidates filed nominating petitions for the available seats. Their names will appear on the ballot in the following, randomly selected order:

Dr. David Locastro, of Marcellus, is seeking a third term on the Board of Education. Dr. Locastro and wife Amy have four children: Maddy, 18, a 2016 graduate of Marcellus High School currently volunteering in South America; Katherine, 17, a junior at the high school; Lilly, 14, a sophomore; and Ben, 9, a third-grader at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School.

Dr. Locastro has lived in the district for 20 years and works as a self-employed physician.

Margaret Vensel, of Marcellus, is seeking a first term on the Board of Education. Ms. Vensel and husband David have three children: Baillie, 22, a 2012 Marcellus alumna who graduated last year from Smith College; Abigail, 20, a 2015 Marcellus alumna now enrolled at State University of New York at Geneseo; and Grace, 17, a senior at Marcellus High School.
Ms. Vensel holds a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene education from California University and works as a dental hygienist at Fallon & Fallon Family Dentistry. She also is a member of the Marcellus High School site-based team, as well as a volunteer with the high school parent group, the districtwide ice cream social committee and the After the Ball committee.

“I have been involved in the Marcellus School Distsrict for the past 12 years in various capacities,” Ms. Vensel said. “I have always been an advocate for our children and their education.”

“As my youngest daughter will be graduating in June, I seek the Board of Education seat to continue my involvement and to positively influence our growth as a district,” she continued. “I am passionate about providing not only the best education for our children, but also in building an atmosphere that will foster their social and emotional needs, as well.”

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