Originally published: April 28, 2022
The 2022 Board of Directors election will take place on Tuesday, May 17 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The proposed budget for the 2022-2023 school year and proposed capital improvements are also on the ballot for consideration by voters.
There are five seats opening up this year on the Schodack Board of Education. Three of these seats are expiring and are each for a 3-year term (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025). The fourth and fifth seats are to fill vacancies on the board of directors and are each for a term of approximately 1 year (from May 18, 2022 to June 30, 2023). Vacancies will be filled by candidates with the fourth and fifth highest number of votes.
There are a total of five candidates running for these seats. Scroll down to read more about the 2022 board nominees in their own words (nominees’ answers have not been edited). The names of the nominees for the Board of Directors are listed below in the order in which they will appear on the ballot.
- Angela Beber
- Daniel Grandinetti
- Shelly Palmer
- Sherri Gibson
- Ashley Palm Tree
Meet the Board Candidates Event
Members of the Schodack community are invited to a Meeting with the candidates on Thursday, May 5at the School Board Workshop Meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the District Office Board Room (Room 310).
2022 School Board Candidates
My husband Jay and our sons, Christian (Class of 2019) and Joe (Class of 2020) have lived in Schodack for 20 years. As a family, we are committed to improving the community in which we live. Both Jay and Joe are proud of their work for the district. This year, I left my 15-year career at Schodack CSD to work for Questar III, which allowed me to deepen my involvement in public education. We have always been active participants in schools, local sports and civic organizations, most recently with Kiwanis. I am a strong advocate for public education and equal access for all. We face a new set of challenges as a community to provide our children with more than pencils and books. We must work to balance student needs while supporting faculty and staff. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the community and the district to create and support programs for all.
I have had the privilege of representing our community on the school board for the past nine years. My wife (Karen) and I are raising three children in the community and district (Megan 24, Michael 21 and Maya 11). I have spent (33 years) my entire professional career in the field of “Youth Development”. I remain committed/passionate in this area and strive to make a difference in the lives of our children. The “Community” is the school district and our school district is the “Community”. It is an honor to serve our district and our community for another three years on the school board.
For the past 3 years I have had the privilege of serving the Schodack community on the school board. My husband (Zac) and I have two children in the class of 2028 (Andrew and Vivienne). Although the challenges of the past few years have been unprecedented, I believe the district has remained committed to providing the highest quality education and a safe work environment for our students, faculty, and staff. I look forward to the opportunity to continue working to improve and evolve our district to meet the needs of our students as they prepare for the challenges of the future. I currently work at the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services. My previous work experiences include science education and forensics. I am actively involved in community activities including: church activities, youth sports and Girl Scouts.
I have had the privilege of representing our community on the school board for the past three years. I grew up in the district where I graduated from Maple Hill; then I got my bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Northeastern University. I currently work full time at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. My husband, Adam, and I are raising our family in Schodack to expose our children (Tyler, Grade 7; Lexi, Grade 6; and Brady, Grade 5) to high quality education and a strong sense of community to which the neighborhood is known. I am actively involved in the community as a volunteer for youth athletics, church functions and Girl Scouts. As a member of the school board, I strive to improve the overall quality of education offered by the district.
Ashley Palm Tree
In 2012, my husband, James, and I moved to the Schodack School District. We chose Schodack for the small, tight-knit community it’s known for and found that to be true. We have 3 children, James (LSI ’20), Abigail (6th grade) and Brody (1st grade). I represent Greenbush Soccer Club as the Recreational Registrar. My role is to organize each session which continuously transports more than 600 players each season. Professionally, I have been in the insurance industry for 16 years in asset protection. My strength in decision making and management has helped ensure that families and businesses are able to achieve their goals. I believe in our district’s foundation of doing everything to help all of our students succeed, that is my goal. I would be honored to advocate on behalf of all the children in our district.