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Meet the Candidates for Board of Education

Meet the BOE Candidates

Executive Order (202.26), declared by Governor Cuomo due to the COVID-19 virus, moved the annual School District Budget Vote and Board of Education election to June 9, 2020. Voting will be by absentee ballot only.

Absentee ballots will be mailed to all registered voters of the district. These need to be completed and returned by June 9, 2020 at 5 p.m. (Statewide Uniform Voting Day).

Residents will vote to elect two members to the Board of Education. Each seat is a three-year term that begins on July 1, 2020. The seats are currently held by Tim Collins and Tom Seguljic whose terms expire on June 30, 2020.

Board members are elected at large; the two people receiving the highest number of votes will be declared elected to the Board of Education for full 3-year terms. 

Candidates in the order in which they will appear on the ballot:

Jeannine Bieber

Rosemarie Earl

Jay Salmon

Tom Seguljic

 

Meet the Candidates

Jeannine Bieber

11 Sun Valley Drive, Lake George

Education: 

Masters of Science  in Chemistry and Education from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh 

Occupation: High School Science Teacher

Age: 56

Public Office Held: I do not and have not held any public office.

Relatives Working in the District: I do not have any relatives that are employees of the district.

Children in District: We have two daughters that attended Lake George schools from kindergarten through graduation. They graduated in 2017 and 2019.

Why do I seek a Board of Education Seat?

We, as a community and a school district, are facing challenging times. An existing issue that the district has been grappling with is declining enrollment. This issue brings with it a financial challenge for the school and the taxpayers. It also challenges our ability to  maintain the high standard of education the district has been known and recognized for. 

My varied professional background working in scientific analysis and research, pharmaceutical sales, higher education and public education allows me to draw from a broad range of experiences and knowledge. I believe I can analyze data objectively and accurately in order to work collaboratively with all of the stakeholders to develop a plan to deal with this issue. Also, I am committed to encouraging transparent decision making and treating our students, staff and community members with dignity and respect. 

Of course, the additional challenge of how to handle our childrens’ educational experience in light of COVID 19 adds a layer of unexpected decision making. This is uncharted territory for all of us. I again believe my professional experience can be of value as we deal with the ramifications of this virus on so many levels. 

My priority in any decision making process will always be to support the health and well-being of our students. In addition, I will try to help maintain the exceptional opportunities offered to our students through academics, athletics and organizations - beyond what many schools our size can offer.

What is the district doing or what could it do to share services with neighboring school districts?

I would estimate that the concept of shared services has been a theme that has been analyzed and implemented for over a decade by local school districts - especially smaller ones like Lake George. There are creative collaborations that already exist between Lake George and Hadley - Luzerne to maintain the existence of varsity level sports programs, such as wrestling and football.

Also, with the Superintendent’s approval, students from Lake George have completed desired coursework at other districts and students from other districts have done the same at Lake George High School. This has helped students with scheduling challenges complete upper level courses (often, college credit bearing) they may have otherwise lost out on.

However, this will certainly be an area that we as a district will need to continue to focus on. I welcome working with a team of board members, faculty and staff to research and develop new opportunities for shared services that will benefit our students and our community. Even with the incredible challenges we face, I embrace the opportunity to be creative and supportive in establishing more shared services while supporting the overall vision and goals of our district.

It is especially appropriate that our district’s values are an acronym for “CREATE”. Creativity will be KEY in our future success as a school district combined with Collaboration, Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Trust and Empathy.

 


Rosemarie Earl

160 Bloody Pond Rd. Lake George, NY. 12845

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Lawrence University 
Master of Science in Education, concentration in School Counseling, from The College of St. Rose  
Post graduate work at SUNY Plattsburgh

Occupation: Retired School Counselor from Lake George Jr./Sr. High School

Age: 57

Current Public Office Held:
Treasurer of the Fort George Association

Past Public Offices Held:
President of the Lake George Emergency Squad
Vice President of the Lake George Emergency Squad
President of the Adirondack School Counselor Association
Treasurer of the Adirondack School Counselor Association

Relatives Working in the District?
No

Children in District?
My daughter, Maggie, graduated from Lake George in 2017 and is currently a senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Why do I seek a Board of Education Seat?
To the Board of Education, I offer my 30 years of experience as an educator and school counselor to help the district move through the next few difficult years.  I have held many leadership positions and have been involved with many district committees.  My experience at the Jr./Sr. High School and exposure to the elementary school will give me insight for changes in the future.  I look forward to working with the Board of Education and the Administrative team to plan for the near future.

In addition, I would like to see our budget decrease as enrollment decreases.  This only make sense as the need for services for our students would be less, the fewer students that we have.

What should the district's top priorities be in the next two years?
In the next two years, we will be dealing with the aftermath of the Coronavirus problem and the continuing challenge of declining enrollment. Both will involve budget priorities amid a changing environment.  

Regardless of the challenges ahead, Lake George Central School should maintain our Mission, Vision, Values and Goals.  I am dedicated to the concept of offering academically excellent programs, and promoting personal and responsible decision making. In addition, I believe that cultural awareness is the key to surviving and participating in global issues as our students exit our community and enter a more diverse environment.  We are educating our future leaders, it is important that we equip them with the right tools to send them on a successful journey.

What is the district doing or what could it do to share services with neighboring school districts?
The Lake George School District already has some shared services with neighboring districts and should continue these and look for more opportunities.  The logistics of any shared service and the impact on our students should be considered in any agreement that we enter.  I would expect that Lake George will share more services, athletically and academically, in the future.  Also, I believe that student input should be solicited.

 

Jay Salmon

451 Lockhart Mt Rd, Lake George NY 12845

Education:

High School

Occupation: Financial Representative/Stock Broker, Deli Owner, Real Estate

Age: 51

Public Offices Held: 0

Relatives Working in the District?
No

Children in District?
Yes, 1

Why do I seek a Board of Education Seat?
To further our schools so to recapture higher enrollment, to keep budget consistent with enrollment.

What should the district's top priorities be in the next two years?
Enrollment/budget

What is the district doing or what could it do to share services with neighboring school districts?
Not sure what you mean by sharing services. If sharing services mean more expense to the taxpayers of the community for the sake of "helping" other schools then that has to be looked at under a microscope.

 

Tom Seguljic

31 Lakewood Dr., Kattskill Bay

Education:

BS Meteorology -Lyndon St College, BS Mechanical Engineering - Colorado State University

Occupation: VP HRP Associates, Inc – 120 person Civil/Environmental Engineering firm

Age: 60

Current Public Office Held:
Lake George Board of Education

Past Public Offices Held:
Queensbury Planning Board

Relatives Working in the District?
Yes, my wife Nicole is the Attendance Clerk

Children in District?
Yes, 2 children - Colby 12th Grade and Katie 7th Grade

Why do I seek a Board of Education seat?
Three years ago there was only 1 candidate for 2 positions; therefore I was encouraged to run. Out of a sense of community service I ran for the seat and have served on the board for 3 years. In that time, I learned the importance of governance versus advocacy, creating a shared vision for education, supporting a healthy school district culture for learning and work, ensuing continuous improvement, and always keeping children’s education and our financial responsibilities to taxpayers in focus. With all of this in mind, I believe I have the ability to listen to others, analyze information, work toward decisions that all can support and am willing to take risks and speak up if I believe we are moving in the wrong direction. Lastly I believe I will bring consistency to the board.

What should the district's top priorities in the next two years?

  • Maximizing the student enrollment but yet preparing for declining student enrollment
  • Aligning the school budget with the direction of student enrollment
  • Building trust with community
  • Ensuring we utilize shared decision making

What is the district doing or what could it do to share services with neighboring school districts?
Currently our shared services include sports but more and more it will include academic cooperation with neighboring schools. There are a lot of opportunities for shared services however I am not an expert with regards to opportunities and their impacts. Rather we need to be creative, allow our subject matter experts to provide their thoughts and have open discussions with the school and community about potential impacts on the quality of education, staff, costs and school culture and make decisions on the best available information.