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Community to elect four board of education members

May 3, 2019

Community members will elect four individuals to serve on the board of education. Three individuals will be elected to serve three-year terms, and one individual (the candidate receiving the least amount of votes) will be elected to serve a two-year term, beginning July 1, 2019. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order. All board of education members are volunteers.

Roger Fedele

Roger FedeleRoger Fedele has been on the school board since the 2013-14 school year. 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 and a master of science in curriculum & instruction from SUNY Plattsburgh. He received a school administrator/supervisor license through The College of St. Rose. In total, he has worked in public education for 26 years as an educator and a middle school principal. Fedele and his wife, Shannon, have two children who attend Tanglewood Elementary School.

Submitted Statement

“I am completing my second full term (6 years) 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: a recession and deep cuts to state funding, a building study and reconfiguration of district services, the hiring of a new superintendent and several new administrators, and now we are in the midst of a building project that will improve every building in our district. I would like to see this project through to its completion. I still have the energy and the passion to guide our school district through whatever unknown challenges present themselves, always with the goal of improving the quality of education and mental health support we offer to all our children while continuing to be fiscally responsive to our community. I would be honored to continue to serve South Glens Falls for another term as a member of the Board of Education.”

Kimberly Henkel

Kim HenkelKimberly Henkel is running for her first term on the school board. She is the owner of Cuddle Bugs Boutique and Wiggle Worms Playland. The business has locations in both Moreau and Saratoga Springs. Henkel is a graduate of Niskayuna High School. She attended
the University of Delaware and then transferred to SUNY Oneonta where she received a bachelor of science in hotel and restaurant management. She served as the treasurer of the Harrison Avenue Home School Association from 2016-18 and the has been the president since 2018. Kimberly and her husband, Alexander, have three children, two who attend Harrison Ave. Elementary School and one who attends nursery school.

Submitted Statement

“I would love the opportunity to serve on the South Glens Falls School Board because I feel I could be a valuable contributor to our community. As a parent of three small children, I am actively involved in their education and enjoy engaging with other families for the greater good of the school. The past three years I have been on the board of the Harrison Avenue Elementary Home School Association as treasurer and now president. In these positions I have been able to help the association get back on stable financial ground, plan and stick to a solid, meaningful budget and lead the group in planning wonderful activities for our students and families. Furthermore, I have been able to work with the administration and faculty to understand challenges they are facing and help them achieve their goals within the school. I would like to extend my involvement now by joining the school board and broadening my effort to the whole district.”

Thomas Kurtz

Thomas KurtzThomas Kurtz has been on the school board since the 2010-11 school year. He holds a bachelor of science in marketing from Fordham University and is currently the director of national sales at PepsiCo, where he has worked since 1995. Kurtz has been a volunteer baseball 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 who attend Oliver W. Winch Middle School and one who attends South Glens Falls High School.

Submitted Statement

“I have had the privilege of serving on the SGF BOE for 9 years now and I believe we have accomplished some truly great things during my tenure. This includes the hiring of two Superintendents, approval of a $50MM capital project to provide improved safety and 20th century learning opportunities for our students as well as improved graduation rates and a more rigorous curriculum. In addition, we have kept the tax levy below the allowable cap every year of my tenancy ensuring fiscal responsibility for our taxpayers. With three children in the district, I would like to continue my service and build on the solid foundation we have worked hard to establish and ensure all our children have the opportunity to learn and succeed in a safe and nurturing environment.”

Jeff Riggi

Jeff Riggi has been on the school board since the 2008-09 school year. He served as president of the South Glens Falls CSD Board of Education from 2009-11. Riggi is the vice president of sales at Allimand-Interweb, Inc. 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 Glens Falls High School.

Submitted Statement

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the South Glens Falls Board of Education for the past eleven years. With the support of the voting public I would like to continue my service on the SGF Board of Education for the next three years.

The South Glens Falls School District is on very sound footing from an academic and financial standpoint due to the dedicated and knowledgeable school administration, professional teaching staff, and support staff.

As a member of the SGF Board of Education I will work with my fellow board members to focus on safety, well-being, and educational needs for our students. We will strive to maintain, as well as improve, the programs and services that the SGF School offers in the most fiscally responsible manner.”

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