Robert Cardillo of Utica appeared on 'First News with Keeler in the Morning' Friday to announce his candidacy for the Utica City School Board.

Since 2010, Cardillo has been teaching as an adjunct professor at Mohawk Valley Community College. He seeks to bring significant experience in education and a lifelong commitment to public service to the board of education.

Cardillo said, "The children are the future of our community and we must do all that we can to ensure they receive the best education possible to prepare them for the challenges they will confront in an ever-changing workplace."

Some of Cardillo's priorities include improving overall student performance and academic achievement, increase access to quality education programs, sports and extra-curricular activities and enhance school security and safety.

Cardillo's resume also includes a position as an adjunct professor and faculty advisor at York College's Master's Program at DFAS in Rome. Cardillo has also served as an adjunct at Utica College and Georgetown University. Cardillo has also served at all levels of government for over 40 years. He was educated at Utica College and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles.

The Utica School Board elections will take place on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 from Noon to 9:00 p.m.