A Message From 2020 Board Candidate Christine Woodcock Dettor

On Tuesday, June 9th the Jamesville-DeWitt community will elect three new school board members, with seven candidates running for these positions. These candidates are Kerry Coleman-Herrick, Michael Gilbert, George Gross, Michelle Kielbasinski, David Leach, Steve Theobald and Christine Woodcock Dettor. The school budget vote and Board of Education election, typically held on the third Tuesday in May, was postponed and then ordered to be held via mail in ballot. RamPage has invited all seven candidates to use our publication as a platform to directly address our readership and share their qualifications as well as what they hope to accomplish if elected.

My name is Christine Woodcock Dettor and I have been a resident of the JD School District since 1999. Professionally, I am an attorney and partner at Bousquet Holstein PLLC, a diversified law firm with offices in Syracuse, Ithaca and New York City.  I serve on the Management Committee of my law firm and am also a community volunteer on a number of not for profit and professional boards of directors.

For the past three years, I have served on the JD Board of Education and have worked diligently to bring the leadership and support necessary to assist the Superintendent, the Principals and the Faculty and Staff in steering the district through some very difficult times and transitions.  It is my goal to ensure that our leadership and our faculty have the support they need at this very difficult time.  Serving on the Finance Committee for three years, I understand all too well the financial and logistical challenges the District faces in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Who could have imagined the world we are now facing?

My husband Louie Dettor is a JD Alum and we have three children.  Our daughter Julia will be a senior in the fall at Barnard College at Columbia University.  Our son Andrew will be a sophomore at the University of Rochester and our youngest daughter Ally is finishing the 10th grade at JD High School.  All three of the Dettor kids began their education in Kindergarten at Moses Dewitt and have attended JD schools all the way.  Our district has provided incredible resources and opportunities for them at every stage and in every building and our children have grown and thrived as a result.  

I believe that giving back to our community is essential.  I will continue to do all I can to advocate for our children, our families and our JD District.

More Information:

Other candidate articles are located at https://jdrampage.org/

Detailed copies of the budget are available by contacting the district office. Residents are invited to attend the virtual budget hearing scheduled for Monday, June 1, 7:00 PM. 

 Voting Ballots are available through the District Office and Due Back by 5:00 pm, June 9th, 2020. For more information call: (315) 445-8304 or email thauser@jd.cnyric.org

Complete candidate biographies and details of the budget proposal are available in the special edition of the JD Journal mailed to all district homes in April and reprinted online at:

JD 2020 – 2021 Proposed Budget inside Vote!

Max Fagelman, '22
Max Fagelman is the News Editor for Rampage. When he's not working on the paper you can find him doing photography or running on the track.