2023-24 Board of Education Candidates

The Guilderland Central School District Board of Education has the power to develop policies, rules and regulations for the operation of our school system. Nine residents serve, without pay, on the district’s school board. Individuals are eligible for election to the Board if they are qualified voters of the district (district resident for the last year, U.S. citizen, 18 years of age and older) and can read and write. New York State Education Law does not limit the number of terms of office a member may serve.

Meet the 2023-24 Board Candidates

On May 16, voters in the Guilderland Central School District will elect three board members. Candidates must meet all of the other requirements to run for the Board. Learn more about the Guilderland Central District Board of Education.

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Candidates are listed below in the order they will appear on the ballot:

Kimberly Blasiak

Kim Blasiak is seeking her third term on the board. She is employed by Mattress Xpress/Xpress Home and holds a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management from Syracuse University.

As a board member, Kim serves on the Business Practices Committee and is the board liaison to Pine Bush Elementary and the alternate liaison to Farnsworth Middle School. She is also the CPSE/CSE liaison, the NYSSBA Advocacy liaison and the NYSSBA Voting Delegate.

An active member of the New York State PTA, Kim also sits on the board of KKC Cares and is the booster club president of the Guilderland indoor track team. She is a member of the Pine Bush Elementary School building cabinet and is the Pine Bush Elementary School PTA treasurer, the Guilderland Community Special Education PTA co-president and the Guilderland PTA Council vice president.

Kim and her husband have resided in the district for nearly eight years and have four children. Her oldest child, a graduate of Guilderland High School, is a freshman in college; her three younger children attend GHS, FMS and PBES.

Rebecca Butterfield

Rebecca Butterfield is seeking her third term on the board. She is employed as a pediatrician at Albany Medical Center as the Division Chief of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, where she sees patients as a primary care pediatrician. In addition, Rebecca serves as a faculty member in the medical college teaching in the embedded pediatric residency program. She is a subspecialist in child abuse pediatrics, a field of medicine devoted to identifying and treating pediatric victims of child maltreatment.

A graduate of Union College, Rebecca has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and History. She earned her medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Rochester.

Rebecca has served on every board committee except Policy since being elected. She currently serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee and is the Chairperson of the Audit committee. Rebeca serves as the board representative to the Guilderland Elementary PTA. Prior to being elected to the board, Rebecca worked on the district’s school start time task force.

A member of the executive board of NY’s Chapter 1 of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Rebecca is also a member of the Albany County Child Fatality Review team and the Albany County multidisciplinary team through the Child Advocacy Center.

Rebecca and her husband have resided in the district for 15 years and have one child, a junior at Guilderland High School.

Judy Slack

Judy Slack is seeking her sixth term on the board. She is a former English teacher who taught at Troy and Berne-Knox-Westerlo schools for five-and-a-half years, was a stay-at-home mother for 10 years and served as a teaching assistant at Lynnwood Elementary School for 24 years. Judy is a graduate of Russell Sage College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English, with a permanent secondary education certification in English 7-12.

During her time on the board, Judy has served on the Business Practices Committee for 10 years, the Communications Committee for nine years, and the Audit Committee for one year. She is currently the alternate board liaison for Pine Bush Elementary School and the alternate NYSSBA Voting Delegate. Twice a week, Judy volunteers at Lynnwood Elementary School.

Judy has been a resident of Guilderland for 54 years and has three children, all graduates of the Guilderland school system.

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