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Board of Education elections

In conjunction with the May 15 school budget vote, district residents will select four board members to fill three 3-year terms and one 2-year term. The candidate with the lowest total of votes will fill the 2-year term. These positions are unpaid. Candidates are listed below in the order they will appear on the election ballot.

The annual "Meet the Candidates" night was held on May 9 in the Guilderland High School LGI. The event, sponsored by the PTA Council is an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and hear their thoughts on what would help Guilderland schools continue to thrive, through a question and answer period. In case you missed it, watch it below:



Replay schedule on Spectrum Channel 1302 and Verizon FIOS Channel 33

12 p.m. Saturday 5/12; Tuesday 5/15
3 p.m.  Friday 5/11; Monday 5/14
7 p.m. Thursday 5/10; Sunday 5/13; Saturday 5/12; Tuesday 5/15
3 p.m. Friday 5/11; Monday 5/14
7 p.m. Thursday 5/10; Sunday 5/13
 

Meet the candidates
On May 15, voters will select four board members from the following candidates (listed in the order they will appear on the ballot):

 

Christine HayesChristine Hayes

Christine Hayes is an attorney at Albany Medical Center, where she provides legal advice and services on a variety of health care, corporate, and educational issues. She earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and History from the College of Saint Rose, a juris doctorate degree from New England School of Law and a certificate of advanced study in Education from Saint Rose. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Massachusetts. She has been a resident of Guilderland for more than 25 years and is a graduate of Guilderland High School. She is current school board President and is seeking her third term on the board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean MaguireSean Maguire

 

Sean Maguire is the director of Economic Development for the Capital Region Planning Commission and an adjunct professor at the State University at Albany. A resident of the district for 16 years, he and his wife, Amie, have two children — Emily, a fourth grader, and Jack, a kindergartener both at Guilderland Elementary School. Maguire was a member of the GES Building Cabinet and the GCSD Repurposing Task Force. He is also a member of the Guilderland Industrial Development Agency and the Albany County Planning Board. He is seeking his first term on the board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seema RiveraSeema Rivera

 

Seema Rivera began her career as a chemistry teacher in NYS public schools, and is currently a STEM Education Assistant Professor at Clarkson University (Capital Region Campus) College. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton, a master’s degree in Chemistry and Adolescent Education from the College of Saint Rose, and a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the State University of Albany. Rivera grew up in Guilderland and is a member of the GHS Class of 1997. She and her husband, Tony, have two daughters – Lily, who attends Guilderland Elementary School, and Sage, a pre-kindergartener at Christ the King Early Childhood Center. She is currently board Vice President and is seeking her second term on the board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Ben Goes

Benjamin Goes

Benjamin Goes has lived in the GCSD for 19 years and is currently a student at Albany Law School. There, he works as an intern in the Community Development Clinic and as a research assistant to a constitutional law professor. He is also the lead articles editor of the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology. A member of the GHS Class of 2014, Goes holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the State University at Albany. He has volunteered as an advisor for the GHS E=mc2 program and in the school library. He is seeking his first term on the board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in running for a seat? *Please note the deadline for submissions has passed
Community members interested in running for a seat on the board should pick-up petitions from Linda Livingston, district clerk, at the GCSD District Office, 8 School Road, Guilderland Center. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, able to read and write, and a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to the vote. In addition, candidates cannot be employed by the board on which they serve, cannot live in the same household with a family member who serves on the same school board, may not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office, and may not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year.

Candidates must also collect at least 52 signatures (2 percent of the number of voters in the previous annual school board election) from qualified district voters to be placed on the ballot. Completed petitions for the 2018 election must have be returned to the district office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018. For more information, please call the district clerk at 456-6200, ext. 3125.

The Role of a Board of Education
A local board of education is an agency of New York State governed by NYS law and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. There are nine residents who serve, without pay, on the Guilderland Central School District's Board of Education. The Board of Education has the power to develop policies, rules and regulations for the operation of our school system. Learn more about the role of a Board member New York State Education Law does not limit the number of terms of office a member may serve.

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