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2016 Board of Education candidates

May 9, 2016

Community members will elect four individuals to serve three-year terms on the Board of Education, beginning July 1, 2016, during the Tuesday, May 17, 2016, budget vote and board of education election. The board of education members are volunteers. Click on each candidate’s name for a photo, biographical information and a short statement. (The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.)

Board of Education Candidates

Robert Amberger

Robert AmbergerRobert Amberger is running for his first term on the school board. Amberger received an undergraduate degree in
business management and a master’s degree in education, both from Hofstra University. Amberger is currently a business teacher in the Glens Falls City Schools. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and also holds permanent teaching certification from the New York State Department of Education, as well as an extension to his certification, Coordinator of Work-Based Learning Programs for Career Development. He was president of the Ballard HSA for several years and has been active with the South High Marathon Dance and other school events. In addition, Amberger has coached recreational soccer, basketball and baseball for several years; and participated in Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Girls on the Run, and Relay for Life. Amberger and his wife, Meredith, have two children who attend South Glens Falls High School.

Brief Statement

“I offer 19 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.”

Nelson Charron

Nelson CharronNelson Charron is running for his second term on the school board. After graduating from Glens Falls High School, Charron received his Associate of Applied Science in Construction Supervision from Washtenaw Community College. He is currently the business representative of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 773 where he works in apprenticeship training and serves as the political and marketing director. Charron has volunteered at the Double H Ranch and with Habitat for Humanity. He and his wife, Kara-Leigh, have two children. Their oldest is finishing first grade in South Glens Falls.

Brief Statement

“As I approach the end of my first term on the South Glens Falls Board of Education, I realize the progress the district has made the last three years and I am eager to be a part of the next three years.

My first term was a huge learning curve for me and I took advantage of the opportunities available to educate myself on the workings of the school district. It is my hope that I can again be elected to the South Glens Falls Board of Education, where I feel diversity is our strongest trait as a board.”

Roger W. Fedele

Roger FedeleRoger W. Fedele is running for his second term on the school board. He is a high school science teacher in the Queensbury Union Free School District. Fedele graduated from Adirondack Community College with an Associate of Science in Science/Mathematics and later received his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education/Biology and a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction from SUNY Plattsburgh. He received a school administrator/supervisor license from New York State through the Educational Administrator Program at The College of St. Rose. Fedele and his wife, Shannon, have two children. The oldest is in second grade at Tanglewood Elementary School.

Brief Statement

“I have been a South Glens Falls School Board member for the past three years and hope to continue for many more! I have a vested interest in the district, and I believe I have the background to help. With my daughter finishing second grade this year and my son still two years out, I will ensure that the SGF schools I graduated from many years ago continues to provide all of our children with high-quality education and extra-curricular experiences for years to come. Our children deserve a strong educational foundation on which to build their futures, and anything less puts them at a critical disadvantage when competing for college placements and workplace opportunities. Throughout my tenure on the school board, one of my main focuses has been the strengthening of our curricula and bridging the gap between high school and post-secondary education.

Throughout my twenty-three year career in public education, I have seen the inner workings of school districts from nearly every level: ten years teaching middle school, three years as a middle school principal, and the last ten years teaching high school. I have worked at rural and suburban school districts, serving on district-level committees at each. My experiences continue to provide a valuable perspective as a Board of Education member. I vow to continue prioritizing the educational programming and budget at South High with an eye on the needs of both our children and our taxpayers.”

Nicholas Heald

Nick HealdNicholas Heald is a 2011 graduate of South Glens Falls High School who is running for his first term on the school board. Heald, who works as a CNC machinist at General Electric Company, received an Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Technology from SUNY Adirondack, and an Associate in Occupational Studies in Advanced Manufacturing Technology from Hudson Valley Community College. Heald has been involved with the South High Marathon Dance as an alumni volunteer and donor, as well as a supporter of the high school’s theater program.

Brief Statement

“I would love the opportunity to serve on the board because as a proud South Glens Falls alumni, community member, and homeowner, I am excited to be involved and be a bigger part of our wonderful school district. I feel that I can bring a unique perspective to the board. As a fairly recent graduate, I would be an effective representative for the students, finding it easy to explore their point of view, while also embracing the positions held by their parents, the district faculty and community taxpayers. My age, personal life experiences, and love for our school district would act as the perfect bridge between interested parties on any given issue. I would welcome the opportunity to join the team, and work tirelessly to make our schools the best that they can be.”

Thomas Kurtz

Thomas KurtzThomas Kurtz is running for his third term on the school board. He holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Fordham University and is currently the Director of Global Sales at PepsiCo, where he has worked since 1995. Kurtz has been a volunteer basbell and soccer coach for the Moreau Rec League since 2010. He has also served on the Town of Moreau Conservation Committee. Kurtz and his wife, Adele, have three children: two daughters who attend Moreau Elementary School and a son who attends Oliver W. Winch Middle School.

Brief Statement

“After having served on the Board for 6 years, I believe we have accomplished many things including creating greater transparency and community involvement. We have been able to deliver budgets that have stayed below state guidelines and have been fiscally responsible with taxpayer’s dollars. We have nearly completed a full revision of all Board policies and of course we were able to put together, and get approved, the Capital Project that will provide the necessary upgrades to our schools to ensure a strong and safe future for our students in the years to come. It is truly an honor to serve on the Board and I never lose sight of that. With that said, I would like nothing more to continue to build on our success and contribute to the Board in any way I can if I am so fortunate to be re-elected. This is why I am seeking another term.”

Jeffrey Riggi

Jeff RiggiJeff Riggi is running for his third term on the school board. He is the general manager of South Glens Falls Interweb, Inc. Riggi was the president of the South Glens Falls CSD Board of Education from 2009-11. After graduating from Draper High School in Schenectady he attended Clarkson University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. Riggi and his wife, Linda, have two children who graduated from South High in the Class of 2003 and the Class of 2008.

Brief Statement

I would like to continue to serve on the board and maintain the positive direction that the South Glens Falls School District is heading. I am excited about the capital improvement program that the district will undergo in the next four years. I have enjoyed being on the board of education and would be honored if elected for my third term by the voters of South Glens Falls.”

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