The annual vote for school board nominees is fast approaching in local districts and across New York State, and as is often the case, incumbents running for another three-year term face the challenges of other members of the community.
Most school districts had a Monday, April 18, deadline for potential applicants to submit petitions, including Saugerties Central School District (SCSD), New Paltz Central School District, and Onteora Central School District ( OCSD).
Only two candidates are running for two open seats in the New Paltz Central School District. Board chair Bianca Tanis will return to the school board, where she will be joined by challenger Matthew Williams. Outgoing administrator Diana Armstead will not be seeking re-election to New Paltz.
As a small city district, the Kingston City School District petition deadline is no earlier than Thursday, April 27. But several candidates have already made known their interest in the three available seats. Incumbents Suzanne Jordan, James Michael and Steven Spicer are all seeking to remain on the KCSD school board, and in recent weeks Malia Cordel, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Justin Hoekstra and Jim McCasland have announced their respective candidacies as challengers. Whether the field will become even more crowded ahead of next month’s vote remains to be seen.
Hudson Valley 1 will profile the candidates ahead of the school board election next month. As the names of SCSD and OCSD candidates come in, we’ll update this story.
Voters will determine who gets a seat on their local school board when they go to the polls on Tuesday, May 17. The 2022-2023 budget will also appear on each district’s ballot.