June 20, 2013
5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0600
Board of Education member Mary Wiggins announced her intention to resign from the school board at the meeting held on May 14. This decision does not change the May 21st election. It is still a contested election with four candidates vying for three full-term seats on the board.
It should be noted that once her resignation is formally tendered in writing to the district clerk, it creates an "unexpired term" on the board. By law, the Board of Education decides how to fill the remaining time of an unexpired term. The full term of Mrs. Wiggins seat is due to expire on June 30, 2014.
The Board of Education is made up of seven unsalaried citizens elected to serve a three-year term. The board's powers and duties are derived from the New York State Constitution, the laws of New York State and the rulings of the New York State Commissioner of Education. The Board of Education's main areas of responsibility are:
• Establish district policies.
• Develop an annual budget for public approval.
• Vote on the Superintendent's recommendations on personnel matters and contracts.
• Review courses of study and textbooks.
• Act as a communication link between residents and the Superintendent.
No person or group of persons acts in the
name of the board. All motions require a majority vote before the
Board can act. A board member is in an official capacity only
during an official Board meeting. The Board employs a
Superintendent who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of
the district and administration of Board policies. The
Superintendent develops policies, programs and plans for Board
Mary Blaauboer, of Clifton Park, is serving her second term on the school board. She is the former director of personnel at the College of Saint Rose. She has a bachelors degree in public administration with a minor in human resources management from Stonehill College in Massachusetts and additional coursework towards a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS). She and her husband, Jim, have two children who attend Shenendehowa. Term exp. 6/30/14
Gary A. DiLallo, of Clifton Park, is serving a fourth term on the board. He is a retired school teacher who taught secondary social studies at Mechanicville City Schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree from McNesse State University and a master’s degree in educational administration, sociology and psychology from Louisiana State University. He and his wife have three children who have graduated from Shenendehowa. Term exp. 6/30/13.
Janet Grey, of Clifton Park, is serving her fourth term on the Board. She is a stay-at-home mom who formerly worked as a human resource professional. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology and a minor in women's studies from SUNY Oswego. She also has post-graduate coursework in human resource management. She and her husband have two children, one attends Shenendehowa and one graduated from Shen. Term exp. 6/30/15.
Andrew McCarty, of Clifton Park, is serving a first term on the board. He is a principal/owner of Tech Valley Consultants, LLC. He attended the College of St. Rose for computer science and Bryant and Stratton College for database programming and IT management. He and his wife have one child who attends Shenendehowa. Term exp. 6/30/13.
Richard Mincher of Rexford, is serving a second term on the board. He is president of Five Barns Poetry and has an associated degree from SUNY Delhi in civil technology. He and his wife have one child who attends Shenendehowa. Term exp. 6/30/13.
Robert Pressly, of Rexford, is serving his first term on the board. He is currently employed at Momentive Performance Materials and is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He has a bachelor’s degree in Control Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife have two children who attend Shen. Term exp. 6/30/15
Mary Wiggins, of Clifton Park, is serving her third term on the board. She holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from The College of Saint Rose. She and her husband have three children, all graduates of Shenendehowa. Term exp. 6/30/14.