Board of Education

About the Board

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 action.


Looking to run for a seat on the Board of Education?

The Complete BOE Petition Packet – BOE 1220P

  1. Nominee for Board of Education member must be a citizen of the United States.
  2. Nominee for Board of Education member must be 18 years of age or older.
  3. Nominee for Board of Education member must have been a resident in the Shenendehowa Central School District for a period of one year preceding the date of the Annual Meeting.
  4. Signers of the petition must be qualified voters of the Shenendehowa Central School District.

School District employees are unable to provide information or advice about campaigning for a seat on the Board of Education.

Candidates may not place signs on District property; on the day of the election no sign may be placed within 100 feet of
the entrance to any building in which voting is taking place.

Judicial Decisions of the Commissioner of Education, which can be found at, may provide additional information concerning school election campaigns.

Nominees must follow requirements of Commissioner of Education for reporting expenses.


Board Members –


Gary DiLallo

Gary DiLallo

Gary A. DiLallo, of Clifton Park, is serving a sixth 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. 6/30/19.


Board member Todd Gilbert

Todd Gilbert

Todd Gilbert, of Clifton Park, is serving his second term. He is employed at Time Warner Cable Business Class and has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Plattsburgh in business management and an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas. He has two children attending Shen. Term exp. 6/30/19.


Naomi Hoffman

Naomi Hoffman

Naomi Hoffman, of Clifton Park, is serving her first term on the Board of Education. She was formerly employed as manager of compliance and audit at Kitware, a local R&D software technology company. She has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany in accounting and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in the elective track for management information systems from SUNY Albany. She and her husband have two children who attend Shenendehowa. Term exp. 6/30/20.

Gusta Miller

Term exp. 6/30/20.

Robert PresslyRobert Pressly – President

Robert Pressly, of Rexford, of Rexford, is serving his second term. He is currently employed as a Commercial Manager at Momentive Performance Materials and is a retired Colonel from the US Marine Corps Reserve. He has a bachelor’s degree in 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. 6/30/18


Christina RajotteChristina Rajotte –

Christina Rajotte, of Halfmoon, is serving her first term on the board. She is currently employed as the Director of Development and Community Relations at Equinox, Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from St. John Fisher College and she is working toward a CFRE (Certification for Fundraising Executives). She and her husband have three children who attend Shen. Term exp. 6/30/18.


Deanna Stephenson

Deanna Stephenson – Vice President

Deanna Stephenson, of Halfmoon, will serve her first term beginning July 1, 2016. She is employed at the New York State Health Facilities Association as director of Managed Programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and forensic science from SUNY Oswego and is in the process of earning a master’s degree in health care administration from Union College. She and her husband have two children attending Shenendehowa. Term exp. 6/30/19.



NYS Committee on Open Government Laws

The Shenendehowa Board of Education complies with all Open Meeting laws. The Committee on Open Government is responsible for overseeing the following:

  • The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) pertains to the public’s right to gain access to government records. See notification of FOIL process and BOE Policy 3310
  • The Open Meetings Law (OML) concerns the public’s right to attend meetings of public bodies. When proposed resolutions, law, rules, regulations, policies or amendments are scheduled to be discussed during an open meeting, the law requires that they be made available to the public, to the extent practicable, either prior to or at the meeting. Shenendendehowa has public copies available at the meetings.
  • The Personal Privacy Protection Law (PPPL) pertains to personal information collected and maintained by state agencies.

For more information on the Committee on Open Government, go to