Jeff Wait, a member of the Cherry Valley-Springfield Board of Education, has been featured in a video that celebrates and promotes awareness about school board members. This is part of a statewide eight-week campaign that is honoring school board service by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).
Wait is one of the four school board members in New York State selected to be in the video, said Barbara Bradley, the deputy director of communication and research at NYSSBA.
The campaign is entitled- “Do You Know Who I Am?” and tells the stories of individual school board members across New York state.
“School board members are your neighbors in the community,” Bradley said. “They are board members but they are also other things as well, like an airline pilot.”
“NYSSBA represents school boards in New York and we provide them with information and training and advocate on their behalf,” Bradley said.
Wait was featured in NYSSBA’s newspaper On Board last July, Bradley said.
Part of the reason they wanted to feature Wait in their video was because of his interesting job, Bradley said.
“Part of the Do You Know Who I Am? Campaign is showing the other side of School Boards,” Wait said. “They are your friends and neighbors.”
NYSSBA represents 650 school boards in the state and 5000 individuals, Bradley said.
Wait has been an airline pilot for the past 26 years, and has been working for Delta Airlines for the past 15 years. Though Wait does travel to NYC for work he is home in Cherry Valley for the majority of the time and only travels three to six days a month, he said.
“I’m home more frequently then I’m gone,” Wait continued. “It affords me a lot of time to do research on the issues in our school and offer a different perspective.”
Wait said he became part of the BOE because he “wanted to give the taxpayers an adequate voice.”
Wait has been a board member since 2012.
“The board over the past couple years has been more focused on delivering a better product to the students,” Wait said. “We have a very good board now.”
Wait said he takes this responsibility seriously and does as much research on the issues in Cherry Valley-Springfield as possible, he said.
“I’d like to give the students of our small community every opportunity we can while still remaining fiscally responsible to our tax payers,” Wait said.
Wait said he follows three guidelines when making Board related decisions:
“Is it good for the kids, is good for our staff and is it responsible for our tax payers?,” Wait said.
For more information on NYSSBA go to https://www.facebook.com/NYSSBA or to view the video go to http://www.nyssba.org/schoolboard.