Berne-Knox-Westerlo voters re-elected incumbent, unchallenged school board candidates Matthew Tedeschi and Rebecca Miller; approved the district’s $25 million budget; and authorized the purchase of several buses, as well as a property that sits adjacent to campus. 

The winning slate was made up of three current school board members — Kelly Person, Gloria Towle-Hilt, and Kimberly Blasiak along with teacher Katie DiPierro. They supported work done by the district’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and also supported teachers being trained to be respectful of LGBT kids.

Michelle Hinchey and Richard Amedure were opponents in 2020, when both sought office for the first time after former Senator George Amedore, a Republican, decided not to seek re-election.

On May 17, Berne-Knox-Westerlo voters will elect two school board candidates — both of whom are uncontested incumbents — and authorize an annual bus proposition, along with the 2022-23 budget and a proposal for the district to purchase a neighboring property for a new business office

The May 17 election for school board has the makings of a milestone moment for the Voorheesville Central School District, as board turnover in the past three years is set to top 70 percent. 

The Guilderland Public Library Board of Trustees this year decided not to seek a reduction in seats but did vote to limit the length of a term from five years to three years in hopes of attracting more candidates in the future.

Elizabeth Floyd Mair, Member DEI Committee of the Guilderland School Board

All 10 candidates participated in an online forum hosted by The Enterprise and posted with this story.

Early voting starts June 12; Primary Day is June 22.

It is important to both increase the number of voters — personal responsibility is essential but access can ease the way — and to safeguard the sanctity of the ballot box by making it impermeable to fraud.


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