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.