On Tuesday, May 17, Cohoes City School District residents will vote on four members of the Board of Education in addition to voting on the proposed 2016-17 school budget. Board members volunteer to serve unpaid, three-year terms which begin on July 1.
There are four candidates and four available board seats. Candidates, in the order they will appear on the ballot, are:
Andrea Frangie is seeking her second term on the board. She has been a district resident for 40 years and is a graduate of Cohoes High School. Frangie is an ophthalmic technician for Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region. She serves on the athletics advisory committee at Cohoes High School, is on the board of the Cohoes Community Center’s Fashion Show and is also involved in the Cohoes Recreational Soccer program. She and her husband, Peter, have two sons who both currently attend Cohoes High School.
Margaret Giller is seeking her first term on the board. She has been a district resident for 36 years and is a graduate of Cohoes High School. Giller is chief information officer and district data coordinator for the Mechanicville City School District. She is currently president of the Cohoes High School wrestling and baseball booster clubs and a member of the football and track booster clubs. Giller is also a member of the Polish American Association. She and her husband, Paul, have four sons. Two are graduates of Cohoes, and two currently attend Cohoes High School.
Jeremy McDonald is seeking his second term on the board. He has been a district resident for many years, is a graduate of Cohoes High School and holds a bachelor’s and master’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. McDonald is a principal at Guth DeConzo Consulting Engineers. He serves on the budget committee for the district, runs the Cohoes indoor soccer program and was a coach in the Cohoes recreational soccer league for almost 10 years. He and his wife, Colleen, have two sons who are both current students in the district.
Mark Pascale is seeking a new term, after previously serving 17 years on the board before leaving in 2013. He is a lifelong resident of Cohoes and a graduate of the high school. Pascale holds a bachelor’s from SUNY Plattsburgh and a master’s from SUNY Albany. He is an academic adviser at Hudson Valley Community College and a retired school counselor and director of guidance from the Lansingburgh Central School District. Pascale is a commissioner of the Cohoes Housing Authority and was executive assistant to the former mayor of Cohoes. He is also former director of the Cohoes Youth Bureau.
Voters are also encouraged to complete an exit survey at the polls. The survey is optional, anonymous and offered in electronic or paper format. District officials plan to use responses to guide future decision making.