Board of Education Candidates
Five candidates are seeking a position on the Board of Education. The candidates with the three highest vote counts will be elected to a three-year term beginning July 1, 2022. The School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election will be Tuesday, May 17, 12:00 – 8:00 pm at the Seneca Falls Central School Operations Center on 2 Butler Avenue.
Denise Lorenzetti was born and raised in Seneca Falls and graduated from Mynderse Academy in 1997. She has lived here the majority of her life and her daughter is currently a student in the district. Denise graduated from St. John Fisher College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and has worked as an RN at Golisano Children’s Hospital for the past 15 years. Throughout the pandemic, she has also worked with the Seneca County Health Department to provide Covid vaccines and testing to members of our community.
Over the last 10 years, Denise has been a member of the SFCSD’s three Parent Teacher Organizations as well as an active volunteer in all four of the district’s school buildings. She hopes to have the opportunity to collaborate with other Board of Education members in order to provide all students in our district with an excellent, well-rounded education. She wants to ensure that every student and staff member in SFCSD feels welcomed and supported in our community.
Steve Clemenson is currently employed as the Vice President of Operations at Seneca Dairy Systems. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and Economics from Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Seneca Dairy, Steve worked for a training consulting firm in Rochester, NY for eight years where he gained an appreciation for continued education and lifelong learning.
Mr. Clemenson has been a resident of Seneca Falls for the past 12 years raising his two children, Chase (7th grade) and Gianna (5th grade) with his wife, Deanna (school nurse). Steve wants to take a more forward role in ensuring his children and all students of the Seneca Falls Central School District are set up for their future success after Mynderse Academy. He is ready to work cooperatively to maximize resources and equity for all.
Once an avid bowler himself, Steve volunteered as assistant coach for the Mynderse Varsity Bowling team. Steve enjoys the outdoors, camping and kayaking, and you’ll see him cheering for his children at any, and all school events!
I grew up in Seneca Falls, NY and I am a 1970 graduate of Mynderse Academy. After high school, I went on to earn a B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Nebraska in 1974, and received my Masters’ in Education and Administration credentials in 1979.
I am married to Elaine Pezzulo Ferrara and have two adult children, Lindsey Marie Ferrara (Mynderse Academy class of 2005) and Jacqueline Ferrara Read (Mynderse class of 2007, son-in-law Gregory Read and grandson Grayson Anthony).
I taught for four years in the Council Bluffs School District (Iowa) and, upon returning to New York in 1978, taught at Aquinas Institute in Rochester where I served as the head basketball coach until 1983. After teaching and coaching one year at Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester, I was fortunate to earn the position of assistant principal at Mynderse Academy in August of 1984, serving under then principal Gerald Macaluso. In 1989, I was given the privilege to be the principal of Mynderse Academy, a position that I held until my retirement in 2014. Upon retirement I continued to work for the district as a disciplinary hearing officer and served as interim director of transportation. I am currently serving as the athletic director at Mynderse Academy, a position I have held for the last six years.
I continue to believe “that if you enjoy your job, you’ll never work a day in your life”. Working for the Seneca Falls Central School District and Mynderse Academy has not been a job. It’s been a wonderful experience, and I very much appreciate the opportunities it afforded me.
My purpose of running for the Board of Education is having 38 years of experience in a variety of administrative positions, (High School Assistant Principal, High School Principal, Interim Director of Transportation and Athletic Administrator), in this district and being a native of Seneca Falls, I have many insights both within the district and the community. I believe I can continue to serve the district and the new superintendent with my experiences. I think I can work with all involved to enhance the educational programs in this ever changing community while at the same time understanding the financial issues of our community members and be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers of this district.
I’ve been a resident of Seneca Falls for 23 years, since my wife, Stephanie, and I moved here in 1999. We have two children: Grace, a junior at Mynderse Academy, and Madeleine, a sixth grader at the Seneca Falls Middle School. The Seneca Falls community and spirited school district made settling here a logical choice. It is with a sense of pride and desire to give back to my community and our school district that I am seeking election to the Seneca Falls Board of Education.
I was raised on a small dairy farm only a few miles east of Seneca Falls and graduated from Jordan-Elbridge HS in 1994. Growing up on a farm while balancing academics and athletics, I developed a strong work ethic that I carry with me to this day. After two years in college, I started my career path in the commercial construction industry. In 2006, I was offered the position of vice president of Upstate Construction Services, Inc. based in Syracuse, NY. In 2016, I purchased the remaining shares of the company and am now the sole President and owner. My business concentrates on large commercial construction contracts with the US Military, local municipalities, and local schools. I feel strongly that my 25+ years of doing business in this industry would be a benefit on the Seneca Falls Board of Education as fiscal responsibility, negotiation, accountability, and transparency are paramount to success in both positions.
As our children have grown older and become involved in school sports, I have tried to be involved in their sporting careers as a way to give back to my community while supporting youth development. I was an assistant girls softball coach for four years, an assistant girls lacrosse coach for two years, as well as the head coach for an additional two years. I have also volunteered with the youth soccer programs for several years. Currently, I am the treasurer for the girls varsity soccer team as well as the treasurer for the girls and boys soccer concession stand. It has been important to me that my family and my business contribute time and financial resources to help support athletic, academic, and social functions within our school community.
My goal in becoming a member of the Seneca Falls Board of Education is to help the Seneca Falls student and faculty community. I believe that my business background and project management skills coupled with my experience building community connections while promoting school spirit and unity would make me a true asset and strong member of the Board.
Linda S. Jones
I was elected to the Seneca Falls Central School District Board of Education in May 2017 and served for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. I was reelected to a three-year term in May 2019.
While on the Board, I have served on the Budget, Audit, Health Insurance, and Policy committees.
I chose to raise my children in Seneca Falls partially because of the excellent reputation of the Seneca Falls Central School District. I appreciated the academic and social opportunities I had experienced attending a rural school district and purposefully chose to provide my children with a similar experience. I am happy to say they received a solid education from caring and talented teachers and staff, were supported by a strong community, and were well-prepared for the next phases of their lives.
I am running again for the Seneca Falls Central School District Board of Education because I would like to continue working to ensure our current and future students, and our community, benefit from a healthy district that prepares our youth to succeed as adults. I believe I have the skill set and temperament to carefully consider the issues facing our district and play a role in ensuring the long-term success of our school district, students, and community.
I grew up in Cayuga, NY and attended Cayuga Elementary, Union Springs Middle School and Union Springs High School. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Management Science, Cum Laude, from SUNY Geneseo in 1989.
After graduating Geneseo, I spent a few years living in Rochester, NY and one year in Seattle, WA.
I moved to Seneca Falls, NY in September 1997. In 2015, we moved to Tyre. My husband and I raised four children in Seneca Falls, all of whom attended Mynderse Academy. My husband, Doug Jones, is a teacher at Mynderse Academy and is an active cash crop farmer.
I was in the OSHA compliance and employee safety management field for the first 14 years of my career. I worked as a Safety Coordinator for Sentry Group, a Risk Control Representative for Sedgwick of NY, and a Safety Representative for Paychex, Inc.
In 2004, I transitioned from safety consulting to instructional design. As an instructional designer, I develop adult training and education curriculum. I worked as an instructional designer for several years at Paychex, Inc., Gillespie Associates (Rochester, NY,) and University of Phoenix, College of Information Systems. I joined eCornell (Cornell University) in May 2018.
When our children were young, my main community involvement centered around their activities. I was a Cub Scout leader for three years and was actively involved in Mynderse Soccer and Lacrosse boosters.
I have been actively involved in my church, Calvary Chapel Seneca Falls, since moving to the area in 1997.
I have professional experience in project management, budgeting, talent development, and casualty and property risk management. As an instructional designer, I recognize and appreciate the complexities of the environment and resources needed to enable students to learn and thrive.
I am experienced in working with committees, executive leaders, middle managers, and direct staff. I am also practiced at evaluating and writing policies, procedures, and compliance materials.
I have raised children in the Seneca Falls School District. I am familiar with our district and the benefits it provides our students, parents, and community. I am also familiar with the challenges facing our children and parents, and our district, in raising and educating our children to reach their greatest potential with limited resources, especially in time and money.