West Genesee taxpayers oust Board of Education president, incumbent after rocky year

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CAMILLUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Taxpayers in the West Genesee Central School District want new leadership based on the results of Tuesday night’s board of education election.

Board President Roberta Herron was ousted from her seat, receiving the fewest number of votes of five candidates.

Another incumbent, Eric Bacon, will also lose his seat, receiving second fewest.

Both of their terms expire on June 30.

Results:
28% | Elizabeth Donaldson – winner
25% | Jennifer James – winner (incumbent)
20% | Aaron Ryder – winner
16% | Eric Bacon (incumbent)
10% | Roberta Herron (incumbent/current BOE president)

Elizabeth Donaldson and Aaron Ryder will join the Board of Education this summer, joined by the only incumbent re-elected, Jennifer James. The group will name a new BOE president shortly thereafter.

The change in leadership comes after a series of scandals within the West Genesee School District, in which Roberta Herron faced criticism.

In January, longtime superintendent Chris Brown resigned after his wife’s social media post accused him of having an affair with West Genesee High School principal Shannon Coholan.

The district hired an outside attorney to investigate the accusations, but didn’t publicize the results of the investigation.

Brown and the district agreed to end his contract. Coholan was fired from her job.

The rocky year for district leadership, now under an interim superintendent, didn’t end there.

In February, the district asked a school bus driver to leave his job, in the form of retirement, after allowing a 21-year-old man to board a bus full of middle schoolers. 

Members of the West Genesee Transportation staff believe the driver was bullied into retirement, and defend his actions based on being given the go-ahead after calling into transportation dispatch. 

At the time, interim superintendent Mike Scheido told NewsChannel 9 what unfolded was “inexcusable” and he says the community needs to trust he took the situation seriously. 

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