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2015 Board of Education Candidates: Three running for two open seats

April 27, 2015

Community members will elect two individuals to serve three-year terms on the Board of Education, beginning July 1, 2015. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order. The board of education members are volunteers.

The biographical information was provided by the candidates. The candidate statements are entered as written by the candidates.

Robert Amberger

Robert AmbergerRobert Amberger is running for his first term on the school board. After graduating from Hauppauge High School on Long Island, Amberger received an undergraduate degree in business management and a master’s degree in education, both from Hofstra University. He is currently a National Board Certified Teacher and also holds permanent teaching certification from the New York State Department of Education. He is working towards an extension to his certification called Work Based Learning. Amberger is currently a business teacher in the Glens Falls City Schools. He was president of the Ballard HSA from July 2010 to June 2012 and helped organize donations for the South High Marathon Dance. In addition, Amberger has coached recreational soccer, basketball and baseball
for several years. Amberger and his wife, Meredith, have two children who attend school in the South Glens Falls CSD.

Candidate Statement

“I can offer 18 years of teaching experience to the Board.  Since I have actual classroom experience I believe I can help make decisions that will ultimately help SGF students. I will listen to all stakeholders before making decisions. I believe in students first and make any and all decisions based on how they will impact students.”

John Farrell

John FarrellJohn Farrell is running for his second term on the school board. He is a graduate of Glens Falls High School and he holds an associate of arts degree from Adirondack Community College. Farrell has a Bachelor of Arts in history from SUNY Potsdam and a master’s degree in education from SUNY Plattsburgh.He is currently a supported housing coordinator for the Warren Washington Association for Mental Health where he works as an advocate to assist adults and families suffering from mental illness. He has volunteered for the South High Marathon Dance
and coached boys baseball and girls softball, as well as soccer and basketball. Farrell has served on the Moreau Town Recreation Commission and on the board of South Glens Falls Girls Softball as a member, vice president and president. Farrell and his wife, Sharon, have two children. One is a graduate of South Glens Falls, and the second is currently attending school in the district.

Candidate Statement

“I have always had a desire to participate in my community. I have participated in social, political and church related activities over the years. Three years ago I decided to get involved with the School Board. The economy was having a negative effect on programs and curricular offerings in the district. My hope was to help mitigate some of these losses while giving voice to some of these offerings I felt had and have great importance in the quality of our childrens education.

Since joining the Board I have attended many meetings and educational opportunities outside the regular Board meetings. I’ve advocated for restored state funding to the GEA with our elected officials in Albany and attended forums to bring attention to the needs of our children. The work is not done and I wish to continue to advocate for our community.”

Kevin Ostrander

Kevin OstranderKevin Ostrander is running for his third term on the school board. He served on the board from 1988-1998 but resigned when his job began to require traveling. Ostrander is a 1970 graduate of South Glens Falls High School and later received a Bachelor of Science in business from Empire State College. He is currently retired, but worked for more than 40 years in various positions, including sales, marketing and customer service. He retired in 2013 from Delcath Systems Inc., where he was the director of facility/safety coordinator for several years. Ostrander and his wife, Nancy, have three children who are all graduates of South Glens Falls.

Candidate Statement

“From 1988-1998 I was a SGF Board of Education member. However in 1997 my job required me to travel. Having said that, I had to leave the position early. Since then many years of life experiences and now being retired can devote full time for the students of SGF.”

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