Skaneateles schools vote to be held May 21

Five candidates will appear on ballot for three spots on school board

On Tuesday, May 21, residents of the Skaneateles Central School District will be able to vote on referendums for the district budget, purchase of two new buses and candidates for the board of Education.

The vote will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Waterman Elementary School.

Five candidates will appear on the ballot for three spots on the school board. To get on the ballots the candidates circulated a petition and turned it in to the district by April 22 with at least 25 signatures.

The candidates (in the order that they will appear on the ballot) will be: Doreen E. Bianchi, Geralyn Huba, Rhonda Fabrizio, Thomas E. Lambdin, Margaret Usdansky Niebuhr.

Short profiles on all five candidates can be found in this week's paper as well as here:

Doreen E. Bianchi

Geralyn Huba

Rhonda Fabrizio

Thomas E. Lambdin

Margaret Usdansky Niebuhr

The top two vote getters will be elected to three-year terms since Lambdin and Keith Krieger are both finishing their three-year terms.

The third highest vote-getter will serve a two-year term – the balance of former board member Valerie Jerabeck’s three-year term. Jerabeck was elected to the board in 2012, but had to step down in October of 2012 because her family was moving out of town. Board veteran Michael Card had been filling in for Jerabeck, but he will step down at the end of this school year.

The board of education is a seven-member board that has the power to make policies and decisions about the district. Board members do not receive a salary, though they are reimbursed for attending trainings, conferences and seminars relevant to serving the district.

In addition to annual duties such as adopting an operating budget and dealing with other issues, the current board will be in charge of hiring a new superintendent of schools. Interim superintendent Judy Pastel has agreed to stay through June of next year, giving the board more time to conduct a search, which it started last year after the resignation of previous superintendent Philip D'Angelo. The district also needs to find replacements for the middle and high school principals and two curriculum coordinators, due to retirements.

The five candidates will also be available to answer questions at a “Meet the Candidates” event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 in the auditorium at Waterman Elementary School.

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