With two seats open in the upcoming school board election, native Oswegonian Francis Zaryski has announced his candidacy for consideration as voters head to the polls on May 15.
Prior to retiring in October 2011, the self-employed accountant of 23 years noted, “I simply didn’t have the time to devote to volunteerism.”
Zaryski was educated in Oswego local schools and attended SUNY Oswego for Business/Accounting.
After working for Alcan Rolled Products as a cost accountant / senior budget analysis for 23 years, it was then that he opened the doors to his accounting practice where he worked until retirement.
Fran and his wife, Kathy (Raby), raised three children; Julie (Chetney), Francis Jr., and Matt who all attended Oswego schools.
With six grandchildren, four of which live locally, Fran explains his interest in children and the school district as an obvious place to devote his time and expertise.
Having a sixth, fourth and second grader at Kingsford Park School, and a grandson who will graduate in 2029, Fran joked “I have a vested interest for a very long time.”
He added, “I have become this full-time grandparent fully involved wanting to be a bigger part of this exceptional school district.”
Although Zaryski brings great resource and fiscal expertise to the table he is proud to state his priority: “Kids first, everything else second.”
With a grandson with special needs, he has seen over the years the importance of early intervention, adequate support staff in special education, and creating learning environments for children of all abilities.
“Maintaining the best learning environments for all students, offering opportunities for growth outside the classroom, and keeping them safe while we have them in our schools has to be the first and foremost objectives of any board member,” he said.
Having seen firsthand the opportunities for music, arts, advanced learning, athletics, and other extra-curricular programs, Zaryski plans to support all areas that allow for continued growth in students in the district.
If elected, Zaryski plans to bring his financial background to help the current board members continue to stabilize the tax base.
Continuing to improve on graduation rates and keeping lines of communication open between board and stakeholders will be important areas to keep moving towards achieving along with contributing new ideas to the annual budget preparation.
Zaryski can be reached at 529-3123 or by email at [email protected] for more information about his goals and objectives if elected to the OCSD board on May 15.