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2021 SGFCSD Board of Education candidates

May 10, 2021

Community members will elect three individuals to serve on the board of education. Successful candidates will be elected to serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2021. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order. All board of education members are volunteers.

Board of Education Candidates

Marlene DuBois-Germain

M. DuBois-GermainMarlene DuBois-Germain is running for her first term on the school board. She is an automotive area sales manager for Stellantis N.V. North America – Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram Division. DuBois-Germain is a graduate of West Genesee High School in Camillus. She attended SUNY Cortland where she received a bachelor of arts in English with a minor in communications. DuBois-Germain was a member of the Tanglewood HSA from 2008-2019 and was a founding chairperson of the Mr. Polidore 5K Dandelion Run. She has also served as a SHMD and OWWMS Teen Town chaperone volunteer. She has done community service work through her employer for the Women’s Alliance and is an assistant admin for South Glens Falls Youth Lacrosse. She is a member of St. Michael’s Church. DuBois-Germain and her husband, Matt, have two children who attend Oliver W. Winch Middle School and South Glens Falls High School.

Candidate Statement

“Professional, enthusiastic and dedicated are three words that describe me and the qualities that I will bring to the South Glens Falls Board of Education.

Being a member of the Women’s Alliance for Stellantis North America, I strive to be a strong role model for young ladies in South Glens Falls. Working for a global company for 24 years in a male dominated industry, I have learned how important confidence, hard-work and self-advocacy is for young women. I feel passionately about becoming a board member to bring insight and perspective from a woman in a competitive business environment. I know that my high-energy and professional experience can be an asset to The South Glens Falls Board of Education. From the possible merger with the Fort Edward School District, to responsible but necessary spending for Capital Improvement projects, to COVID reopening plans, I am confident that my professional knowledge of data analysis and financial statement reviews will be an asset to the decision making processes.

Because one of my job responsibilities is to train young adults who are just entering the work force, I feel that I can offer some insight to help prepare South Glens Falls students for future endeavors. I have often taken on the role of “work mom” as many of these young adults move to the North East from other areas of the country and need various levels of support as they start a life and career on their own. As a mentor, I need to make sure every bit of knowledge is provided for these young employees to succeed. It is my responsibility to make sure they are prepared for their next professional role.

My children have been involved in many activities from sports to music and drama in their time at South Glens Falls. I am a natural networker and know that because of the many families I have had contact with over the years, I have perspective and a voice for all South Glens Falls families. I believe common goals are achieved through open-dialogue, sharing and listening to new ideas, and effective communication.

I look forward to working with Kristine Orr, the administrative team, teachers, fellow board members and families of South Glens Falls to achieve the greatness that I know EVERY bulldog is capable of.”

John Farrell

J. FarrellJohn B. Farrell is running for his fourth 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 degree in history from SUNY Potsdam and a master of science in education from SUNY Plattsburgh. He is currently the director of facilities at Warren Washington Association for Mental Health. When his children were attending school in South Glens Falls, Farrell was active in the Home School Association. He has coached soccer, baseball, basketball and softball, and has served in various leadership roles with South Glens Falls Girls Softball, including vice president and president. Farrell is a member of the Moreau Recreation Commission. Farrell and his wife, Sharon, have two children who are graduates of South Glens Falls High School.

Candidate Statement

“I originally joined the BOE to help work toward preserving course offerings and extra-curriculars during the 2008 economic downturn. New York State had implemented the Gap Elimination Adjustment which greatly decreased the amount of funding it provided schools. I advocated strongly for the end of the GEA and worked with colleagues to convince legislators to fully fund the Foundation Aid as well as advocate for out local priorities.

I am proud, that during my tenure, to have participated in projects big and small. Our Building Study and Capital Project were big undertakings that have helped drive the district to make some wonderful additions, rehabilitations, and upgrades to each of our schools.

I feel lucky to work with a good group of fellow members who conduct themselves in a professional and thoughtful manner. While we do not always agree I never find anyone disagreeable. My passion for serving on the Board has never waned. I find the challenges, when faced as a team, are one part frustration and multiple parts a labor of love. My commitment to the Board has only increased over the years. My desire to help make our Communities school the best it can be is stronger than ever.”

Roger Fedele

Roger FedeleRoger Fedele is running for his fourth term on the school board. He is a high school science teacher in the Queensbury Union Free School District where he teaches Regents chemistry and human anatomy & physiology. Fedele received a bachelor of science in secondary education/biology, a master of science in curriculum & instruction from SUNY Plattsburgh and a school administrator/supervisor license through The College of St. Rose. In total, he has worked in public education for 28 years as an educator and a middle school principal. Fedele and his wife, Shannon, have two children who attend Oliver W. Winch Middle School and Tanglewood Elementary School.

Candidate Statement

“I am completing my third term on the South Glens Falls Central School District’s Board of Education. I am proud of our accomplishments as a school board and proud of the district’s growth. During my time as a board member, we have shepherded the district through some challenging times: deep cuts to state funding, a multi-year building project that has improved the facilities at every building in the district, and of course COVID-19 and the sudden shift to remote instruction and all of the evolving safety protocols. These have been unprecedented years that have challenged the pedagogy, creativity, and resilience of our district. Through it all, our Board of Education has led with the educational, social/emotional, and safety interests of our students and staff in mind, while constantly balancing the financial impact on our taxpayers. I continue to have the energy and the passion to guide our school district through whatever challenges lay ahead, and I would be honored to serve South Glens Falls for a fourth term as a member of the Board of Education. Thank you for your consideration.”

Kevin Ostrander

Kevin OstranderKevin Ostrander is running for his fifth term on the school board. Ostrander is a 1970 graduate of South Glens Falls High School and received a bachelor of arts from SUNY Albany. He is currently retired. Ostrander and his wife, Nancy, have three children who are all graduates
of South Glens Falls High School.

Candidate Statement

“Having served a total of 15 years on SGF Board of Education will allow me to continue working and advocating for the education of all children in our community.

During these challenging times for education getting our schools back open is a key issue for school boards. To ensure a vision, mapping a course that provides the necessary opportunities students need to reach their full potential.”

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