Evening News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on November 13, 2019
The list of candidates for Batavia City Schools superintendent has been reduced to three.
Jason Smith, the superintendent of Lyndonville schools in one the list.
Smith is a Batavia native. He has 18 years of educational leadership experience including principal of Elba Central Elementary and High School.
Smith is also the president of the Batavia Concert Band.
The two other candidates are:
Joleen Dimitroff, an elementary school principal in the Sweet Home Central School District in Tonawanda;
And Anibal Soler Jr., He is an administrator with the Buffalo Public Schools.
All three candidates will make meet and greets in Batavia next week.
Smith is set to visit on Nov. 18; Dimitroff on Nov. 19; and Soler Jr. on Nov. 20. During each candidate’s district visit, a community meet-and-greet will be held from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. in the library at Batavia High School.
The Batavia Schools want to select a new superintendent no later than February 3rd.
Another candidate is throwing her name into the ring for the 27th Congressional District race.
Melodie Baker has announced she’ll challenge Nate McMurray for the Democratic nomination.
In order to get on the ballot, she’ll need the support of Erie County and at least one other Democratic committee within the district.
Right now, most of those groups, including the Genesee County Democratic Chairman, have announced they are behind McMurray.
McMurray narrowly lost to now ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins.in 2018.
There has been a changed in this weekend’s high school football playoffs.
Section 5 has announced that the 8-man sectional final between Oakfield/Alabama/ Elba and Maplegrove will now be played this Saturday night at 6 at St. John Fisher College.
The game was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon at VanDetta Stadium.