Patricia Body

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Patricia Body
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Syracuse Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
Years in position 5
Board President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
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Patricia Body is an at-large member of the Syracuse Board of Education in New York. She won re-election to the board against four challengers in the November 5, 2013 election. Body was first elected to the board in 2009.


Body was a social worker prior to retirement. She currently serves as chair of the Danforth-Pond-Butternut Task Force and a facilitator for TNT Northside.[1]



See also: Syracuse City School District elections (2013)


Body won a second term on the board against challengers David Cecile, Derrick L. Dorsey, Edward J. McLaughlin and Barbara E. Humphrey in the November 5, 2013 general election. The Syracuse Democratic Committee designated Body as one of three Democratic candidates during a May 4, 2013 vote.[2]


Syracuse City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Cecile 30% 12,336
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Body Incumbent 23.9% 9,834
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDerrick L. Dorsey 23.4% 9,611
     Republican Edward J. McLaughlin 15% 6,177
     Green Barbara E. Humphrey 7.6% 3,115
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 82
Total Votes 41,155
Source: Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from the Onondaga County Board of Elections on December 18, 2013.


Body began the race with an existing debt of $447.96 from her previous campaign. She reported $474.00 in contributions and $1,124.82 in expenditures to the New York State Board of Elections, which left her campaign with $1,098.78 in debt.[3][4]


Body received no endorsements during this election.


Syracuse City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Body 28.8% 12,591
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Strong 25.4% 11,114
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngMonique Wright-Williams 23.7% 10,353
     Republican Blase Parus 12.5% 5,444
     Independent Kim Rohadfox-Ceaser 5% 2,198
     Independent Michael Hunter 4.6% 2,013
Total Votes 43,713
Source: The Post-Standard, "Election 2009: Syracuse Mayoral and Common Council voting results," November 3, 2009

Campaign themes


Student discipline

During an October 7, 2013 candidate forum, Body explained her views on disciplinary issues in district schools:[5]

"We need to do further study on this to actually see what is happening in the school district, what is the behavior that is exhibited and what are the consequences. Part of the problem is that our code of conduct is very unclear. We need to make it clearer."

What was at stake?

Patricia Body was the only incumbent who sought re-election to the board in 2013 with former members Calvin Corriders and Richard Strong not filing for re-election. Body was joined by challengers David Cecile and Derrick L. Dorsey as Democratic candidates, all of whom won. Edward J. McLaughlin ran as a Republican in the November 5, 2013 election while Barbara E. Humphrey received the Green Party nomination. Both lost their election bids.[6]

Academic performance struggles

A major issue facing district schools in 2013 was consistent struggles with academic performance as measured by the New York State Testing Program. Syracuse City School District was measuring at least 20 percentage points below state proficiency averages across grades 3 through 8 and high school for English Language Arts and Mathematics.[7] In August 2012, the Board of Education adopted a five-year plan proposed by Superintendent Sharon Contreras to address this issue by 2017.[8]

About the district

See also: Syracuse City School District, New York
Syracuse City School District is located in Onondaga County, New York
Syracuse School District is based in Onondaga County, which is located in north-central New York. The population of Syracuse was 145,170 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[9]


Syracuse lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.9%) exceeded the state average (32.5%). The U.S. Census calculated Syracuse's median income at $31,689 while the state median income was $56,951. Syracuse had a poverty rate of 32.3% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 14.5%.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race Syracuse (%) New York (%)
White 56.0 65.7
Black or African American 29.5 15.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 0.6
Asian 5.5 7.3
Two or More Races 5.1 3.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.3 17.6

Party Registration, 2012[10]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total Voters
Democratic Party 114,807 37.2
Republican Party 92,634 30.0
Unaffiliated 77,995 25.3
Independent Party 15,494 5.0
Conservative Party 5,019 1.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[11]

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