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Nominators Seek Edgemont School Board Candidates

EDGEMONT, N.Y. – The Edgemont School Board Nominating Committee is looking for a few good candidates.

The committee will hold an open meeting at 8 p.m. Jan. 25, in the Greenville Elementary School library, 100 Glendale Rd., to receive nominations for candidates to the Board of Education.

The board will need to fill two spots in the May 15 election. Lisa Wexler, whose first three-year term is expiring, may run for re-election, while board Chair Gerald Stoughton is completing his second term and is not eligible to run again this year.

Stoughton said Sunday night that anyone looking to serve on the all-volunteer board should know that it has a history of being collaborative and cooperative.

"We've been fortunate to have had an outstanding superintendent for several years, and a very competent administrative staff,” he said. "We also look for people who are open to new ideas, who are not afraid to ask the difficult questions, and who are not afraid of saying what they don't know. We need people that value the quality of education here and want to see that maintained as much as possible in these difficult economic times."

Candidates who wish to bypass the SBNC process may get on the ballot by gathering petition signatures and turning them in to the Edgemont School District clerk.

Nominations for consideration by the SBNC must be made in a letter before 8 p.m. Jan. 25 or in person at the open meeting held that evening. According to the Edgemont SBNC bylaws, the letter may be written by any qualified voter of the Edgemont School District other than a member or spouse of a member of the SBNC. In addition to the name and address of the candidate, the letter must contain a brief biographical sketch of the candidate, including the candidate's educational background, occupation, participation in civic affairs and length of residence in the Edgemont School District and the grade level of any children attending any Edgemont schools and/or the year of graduation of any children who have previously attended Edgemont schools. The letter must also contain a statement indicating that the candidate has consented to serve if nominated and elected.

Nominating letters should be addressed to Marc Ackerman, SBNC Chair, 101 Moorland Dr., Scarsdale, NY 10583.

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