CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — The state of New York has announced that all school district budget votes and school board elections will take place by mail with a June 9 cutoff date for school districts to receive completed ballots.
The Shenendehowa School District Board of Education has two seats up for election this year. Each seat carries a three-year term.
The seats are now held by board members Naomi Hoffman and Gusta Miller. Both women announced their intention to seek reelection at the conclusion of the May 5 remote board meeting.
Miller, who is completing a shortened two-year term, noted that she has found the board to be a solid team due in large part to the different strengths each board member has brought with them.
“This position has been a good fit for me especially with my background in mental health; being able to understand both simple and multi-layered issues and being the best advocate for the families of this community,” she said. “I am proud to be part of the policy making and budget review process and ever-changing mental health standards taking place for our district. It’s exciting to be part of the ever-evolving world of education and remote education where student voices matters and Shen is at the top of its game.
"I’m honored to be part of a such an innovated community of educators, students, and parents and I’m seeking reelection to be right back here at this table to do all the great work we do.”
Hoffman is completing a full three-year term, her first. In her brief remarks at the meeting she noted her work not only with the board but with the many school committees on which she serves.
“I take this work very seriously. Serving on the committees helped me get to know the administrators, teachers, and students so much better,” she said. “My children have spent their entire educational careers here and received a great education. I feel this is a way of paying it forward. This is why I serve on this board; it’s why I stepped up to serve on the BOCES board.
"I’d be very honored to have another term on the Shenendehowa Board of Education.”
Applications for board candidacy were due in the Shen District clerk’s office by 5 p.m. May 12.
As expected Miller and Hoffman submitted completed applications by the cutoff date. Five others have submitted applications also. They are Darryl Giannetti, Jennyfer Gleason, Lacey Griffin-Braaf, Brian Kissel and Thomas Templeton.
Next year’s Shen budget vote, bus purchase proposal, and board election will be held June 9 by absentee ballot only. A person is qualified to vote if they are a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age, and has been a resident of the district for 30 days.
Qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot. Anyone who meets the definition of a “qualified voter” but does not believe they will be on the school district’s poll list, which includes all residents who are on the annual budget newsletter mailing list and names of residents who voted in recent years’ school elections, should complete the form found at: https://bit.ly/ShenVote.
As the turnaround time for receiving and mailing completed ballots is very short, the above should be done as soon as possible to ensure the resident’s timely receipt of an absentee ballot for the 2020-2021 school budget and board election.
The Shen Board of Education is expected to adopt a 2020-2021 budget proposal at the May 19 remote board meeting. A public hearing on that budget proposal will be held at 7 p.m. May 26 virtually.
Instructions on how to log on to the meeting can be found on the Board of Education meeting agenda which will be posted on the Shen website: https://www.shenet.org/board-of-education/board-of-education-meetings/.
Voters in the Ballston Spa Central School District will be doing much the same there, again, due to the tight timelines surrounding the June 9 date.
As with Shen, the school budget vote and Board of Education elections will be handled by mail. Completed ballots are due back to the district by 5 p.m. on June 9.
According to information provided by the school district, if a resident of the Ballston Spa Central School District meets the definition of a “qualified voter” but has not registered to vote he or she must register to be eligible to receive a ballot. A qualified voter may register with the county by contacting the Saratoga County Board of Elections or at the school district’s registration day on June 2.
Propositions on the ballot this year, in addition to next year’s budget are; a request to spend a maximum of $968,000 to purchase and replace school buses and vehicles, a request that the district be authorized to collect and contribute $58,795 towards the expense of operating the public library, and the election to fill two seats on the BSCSD Board of Education.
The two seats up for election are held by incumbents Lillian McCarthy and Jeanne Obermayer. McCarthy is running for reelection and submitted her application to the district by Monday’s cutoff date. Obermayer has chosen not to see reelection.
Joining McCarthy as candidates in this year’s race are Susan Filburn, Matthew Dreher, Rebekah Deuel-Jones, Susan Moore, David Newell and Katie Whittemore.
Both seats come with three-year terms and commence July 1.
Questions and comments concerning the upcoming BSCSD vote may be sent via the comments section on the district website at www.bscsd.org or by calling the district office at (518) 884-7195.