Excellence in Education
Board of Education

Cato-Meridian Central School District
2851 Route 370
Cato, NY 13033
Phone: 315-626-3439
Fax: 315-626-2888

Board of Education Candidates' Speeches  



My name is Jill Modafferi and i am running for re-election for the Cato- Meridian School Board. I am married to Mark Modafferi and together we have four children.  Our three adult children graduated from Cato-Meridian, and our youngest is a freshman this year. Knowing that there are many financial challenges ahead for school districts I want to help Cato-Meridian meet those challenges. Simultaneously, expectations for students and educators are more rigorous and that makes another challenge. I want to be able to help the children in our district experience the best education that our community can afford to offer.  I am passionate about providing a well-rounded educational experience for each and every child.


In addition, I am very proud to have had the opportunity to work with my fellow board members as well as Mr. Patterson and Mr. Lamont.  I hope I will be re-elected to serve another term alongside them for the Cato-Meridian School Community.



   Paul Byrne

My name is Paul Byrne and I am running for my second term on the Cato-Meridian School Board.  My wife, Lisa, and I have 3 children and they will be attending each of the elementary, middle, and high school this fall.  I am very proud of the job the board has done during my first term.  The attitude is one of cohesiveness and our objective of providing a high quality education to our students to prepare them for life beyond school is paramount.  These past few years have been very challenging as decreases in funding have led to some difficult planning and decisions.  Thanks to the leadership of Mr. Patterson and Mr. Lamont we've been able to avoid some of the cuts to our program and staff that have plagued other districts across our state and country.  We have an excellent faculty and staff and I look forward to working with them to provide the education that our children deserve.  I look forward to the next 3 years of my term and helping our district with the challenges ahead.


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