UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Two new school board members were recently elected, one of them being James Paul, who had the top vote on election day. When his term starts, Paul says he is looking forward to making a difference in the district.

“I’m looking forward to sitting down and meeting with the Utica Teachers Association sitting down and meeting with the staff and parents in the district to kind of find out what it is they want what they need from the school board how can we change the direction that the school board was heading,” said James Paul, Utica School Board.

Paul explains that he is looking forward to having conversations with the superintendent when it comes to implementing policies in the district.

“He wasn’t held accountable because he held the majority in the vote, but with Tennille and I becoming new board members,” said Paul.

Diversity is a concern that was brought up in the debates. Paul says it feels great to be able to make that change in the district.

“Now we have a voice at the table because everybody wants to be a part of something but when you look at a school board that doesn’t represent you or members that don’t represent you, you kind of feel left out but now we can hopefully change that outlook on the school board,” said Paul.