Ron Barstys Seeks Re-Election to Niagara Falls School Board

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Ronald Barstys is a forty-five year-old father of one, Ryan, who attends Harry F. Abate Elementary and husband to Christine Barstys,  a highly talented, respected, tenured, and often-requested English teacher at Niagara Falls High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, along with a master’s of science degree in secondary teacher education, and a master’s of science degree in school district administration & supervision – both from Niagara University.

Mr. Barstys is currently working toward a PhD in Leadership and Policy at Niagara University and enjoys a permanent certification as a school district administrator.

Throughout his tenure as a teacher, Mr. Barstys has taught earth science, environmental science, and living environment classes for the school district. He was a Dean of Students at Niagara Falls High School before being appointed to the Administration Building for five-plus years where his work centered on: curriculum and assessments, grants, substitute for school principals, be a Niagara Falls Community Partnership for Youth member, and was an integral part of the District’s large-scale consolidation in 2008.

He has also been a union representative for the Niagara Falls Teachers Union, five years of highly successful head coaching experience at the varsity level, and was a 2008 Leadership Niagara graduate.

As Director of Student Services for the North Tonawanda City School District, he worked as the District’s Pre-School Special Education Chairperson, Section 504 Compliance Officer, Civil Rights Officer, Title IX Officer, Dignity for All Students Act Coordinator, Grant Coordinator, ESL Coordinator, and Alternative High School Administrator among many other duties. Mr. Barstys also oversaw school counselors and nurses, as well as social workers, speech therapists, remedial teachers, and school psychologist along with the Director of Special Education.

Currently, as Director of Special Programs with Orleans Niagara BOCES, Mr. Barstys supervises six administrators, nearly two hundred professional staff, over one hundred fifty support staff, and approximately five hundred students ages five to twenty-one. He oversees a budget of approximately $25 million dollars and serves as an executive member of the District Superintendent’s management team.

There is not a part of public education that Mr. Barstys does not have direct knowledge, or experience, in.

“My only motivation in running for the Board is to use this knowledge to do what is best for children by ensuring they have access to a sound and fiscally responsible public education. With your votes, I will be able to put a lifetime of experience to work for you and the children of our community.”





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