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Reprimanded ex-teacher sweeps Batavia school board race

Reprimanded former Batavia teacher landed a seat Tuesday on the school board with ease — a move he calls his “final civics lesson.”

“I feel like I should’ve run for pope,” said John Dryden, who taught social studies for 21 years at Batavia High School. “I feel like the community really understood how and why I was treated the way I was treated. They knew I was willing to serve students in a different capacity, and they enthusiastically supported it.”

Some issues Dryden hopes to address while on the board include analyzing administrator payroll and reducing the number of administrators to create a bottom-up model that focuses on teachers rather than a top-down model focusing on administrators.

Reprimanded ex-teacher sweeps Batavia school board race