Local attorney Solfa latest to announce candidacy for vacancy on Batavia school board
The list of candidates for the Batavia school board keeps on growing.
Local attorney Christopher Solfa, who also ran for a spot on the board in the spring election of 2019, is the latest to formally declare as a candidate for the seven-member board, seeking the seat recently vacated by the resignation of Bob Baty-Barr over issues of residency.
The six current sitting board members are slated to interview all the candidates on Aug. 6, and are thought to be leaning toward making a quick final decision. Among the many issues now standing front and center for members are considering a $118.9 million spending plan that comes with an estimated $46 million budgeted price tag for teaching salaries.
Board members meet the third Tuesday of every month. Batavia Education Association (BEA) members have been without a contract since June 30, though chief financial officer Tony Inglese, a member of the district’s negotiating team, said the bargaining sessions have been going well.
The first day of school is scheduled for Aug. 14 for the district, which has a teaching staff of about 420 full-time employees for a projected 5,688 students.