BALLSTON SPA — Three candidates will be competing for the two open Board of Education (BOE) spots with the Ballston Spa Central School District this month. A Meet the Candidates Night will be held tonight, Monday, May 5 in the Ballston Spa High School library at 6:30 p.m.
Coordinater for Community Relations for the school district, Stuart Williams, said The High School’s Participation in Government classes will facilitate the evening, giving residents an opportunity to learn about the three candidates running for the open positions: Dorothy Sellers, Jeanne Obermayer (current board member and President), and Tony Leva.
Dorothy Sellers is an active member of the community including serving as a current board member of the Ballston Area Community Center, a past board member of the Ballston Spa Education Foundation, involvement with the Saratoga County Veteran’s Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program and the Ballston Spa First Baptist Church. She and her husband Jim have one daughter who attends Ballston Spa High School.
Sellers has served as the secretary of the Ballston Spa Middle School PTA and as a PTA Council representative. She and her husband retired from military service in 2010 and moved to the Ballston Spa area where her husband’s family has lived for generations. Dorothy received her associates degree in general studies from Harford Community College in Maryland and bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Maryland University College.
She is currently employed as the Executive Assistant at the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. She said as a mother of a child in the Ballston Spa School District, she has “a vested interest in the continued success of our schools”.
“Education has always been important to me. After spending 24 years in the military and having a child change schools five times during her elementary school years, I saw the vast difference between those schools with two being in the same district. I feel that it is important to have a voice in the school. I have always strived to be an active parent partner to the schools. We as the parents must challenge our children to succeed through our actions,” said Sellers.
The second candidate, Tony Leva, is a life long resident of the area, graduating from the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District in 1986 and Siena College in 1990. Leva has been in marketing, enterprise technology and software industry for the past 24 years.
Leva said his “passions” are family, ending Alzheimer’s by supporting the Alzheimer’s Association of NENY, the Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges as part of the Community Advisory Board, and the development of youth rugby in the Capital District.
“My goal in running for School Board is to make a unique contribution to our students, families and community from my experiences, effort and commitment to creating a lasting result,” said Leva.
Incumbent and current Board President, Jeanne Obermayer, was elected in 2005 and re-elected in May 2011 to her third term on the Board. She was selected as the President in July 2012 and reelected in July 2013, after previously serving as the Vice President of the Board, and will continue as a member of the Board’s Executive committee. She also served on the Finance and Audit, Policy, Instructional and Nominating committees.
Obermayer is President of the Board for Brookside Museum, teaches sixth grade religious education and works for Siena College in Student Affairs. Mrs. Obermayer was the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students for 16 years before assuming her current position overseeing risk management and regulatory compliance for Student Affairs. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University.
Obermayer has resided in Milton since 1990. She has a daughter attending the Ballston Spa High School and a son who is a recent graduate.
The budget and several propositions are also on the ballot. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Malta Town Hall (Malta residents) and Ballston Spa High School Library (Milton, Ballston and Charlton residents).
School Pride Day exhibits will be at both sites with student performances at the high school. A Middle/High School Art Show, Penny Harvest Check Awards, a barbecue and ice cream social will also be held at the high school.
To view the proposed budget, click here>>>http://bscsd.org/boe.cfm?subpage=15282