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Board of Education Candidates – 2020 Election

There are three open seats for the Board of Education in this year’s election. Qualified district residents may vote for up to three persons to fill these positions. The date of the election is June 9, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all voting will be conducted by mail and all qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot with a return postage paid envelope. This means there will be no in-person voting at district schools.

Please mail ballots to East Greenbush Central School District, 29 Englewood Ave., East Greenbush, NY 12061. Ballots must be received at the district office by 5 p.m. on June 9.

The following candidates filed nominations:

Michael Buono, Board of Education presidentMichael Buono

I am a lifelong resident of the area and my wife Heidi and I have lived within the East Greenbush CSD for over 25 years. We are the proud parents of three children; Patrick (CHS 2012), Zachary (CHS 2017), and Leah, who attends Columbia High School. I graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and have worked in private and public sector human resources. I currently work as the Director of HR for Questar III.

As an EGCSD board member, it has been an honor to serve the school community for the past six years, the last three of those years as the board president. I want to thank my board colleagues for their support in that leadership role. In addition, I participate as a member of the district’s Education and Technology Committees.

I am seeking a third term as a board member to continue to support the future planning of our school district. I believe as a parent and member of the community, that my work and board experience can benefit the district as we navigate the uncertainty that recent events have brought forth. Through these changing times, our school community needs to be at a place where we can continue to support our families, students and staff and maintain appropriate educational opportunities while also being fiscally prudent. Understanding that balance is critical as a board member, and with your support, I hope to continue to serve in that role.

Kathleen CurtinKathleen Curtin

I am seeking a fourth term on the Board of Education to continue to build on the many successes of our district while focusing on fiscally sound financial planning and responsible leadership.

My husband, Jack, and I have lived in East Greenbush for 27 years. During that time, I have been an active member of the EGCSD as a parent, PTO officer, classroom volunteer, and substitute teacher’s aide, before becoming a Board of Education member 9 years ago. Our four sons are graduates of Columbia High School, and we appreciate the excellent education they received in our district.

I earned a BA in Spanish and German from Nazareth College. I am currently employed at Maria College in Albany.

Mark Mann

Mark Mann, Board of Education vice presidentThree years has quickly passed, and I have again decided to continue my service to the East Greenbush Central School District’s Board of Education, by seeking a fifth term. The district continues to succeed in ways that makes it one of the best in New York! It has always been and continues to be a district that does not stop its momentum, and for that, I wish to remain as a contributing member. I continue to stand by, and assure everyone, my intent has not changed since I ran for my first term, and that is to do what is best for our children, staff and residents of the district. I will continue to work on bringing the district to the forefront of the educational community.

Since my retirement from the East Greenbush Police Department, where I dedicated almost 28 years to the law enforcement field, I strongly stand behind school safety and efforts to keep all those who enter our buildings safe. I still continue to serve in the military as a proud member of the New York Air National Guard/US Air Force. Service to my Nation, State and Community is something I enjoy, and remain a part of.

I currently reside in East Greenbush with my wife Tina. We have two children, our daughter a 2016 CHS graduate, and my son a 2020 CHS graduate.

I currently serve on the district’s policy, safety and code of conduct committees, and I am the board’s Vice President.