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BURNT HILLS: Four candidates, four seats

No residents picked up applications to challenge any of four Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Board of Education members who are running for re-election.

School board members serve at large. The two candidates with the highest number of votes when residents go to the polls on May 15 will be elected to three-year terms of office. The candidates ranking third and fourth will be elected to complete the one-year terms remaining on the positions formerly held by Brian Bielecki and Harry Durand.

There are four incumbents.

Robert Speck of Wendy Lane is one of the most experienced and longest tenured school board members in the state. Speck has been on the BH-BL board for 33 years, and is seeking his 12th term. The father of four district graduates, Speck is a former Stevens Elementary School PTA president, PTA Founder's Day award winner, and national PTA award winner. Speck is a retired General Electric engineer, and is currently the board's liaison to the high school PTSA, as well as board development chairperson.

Timothy Kelliher of Charlton Road has served on the school board for nine years, and is seeking his fourth term of office. The father of three daughters in district schools, Kelliher was a General Electric computer scientist for more than 20 year and recently became self-employed. He is currently chairing the board's long-range planning efforts and serving as the board's liaison with the Stevens Elementary School PTA and the BH-BL Education Foundation.

Joe Pericone of St. Stephens Lane was appointed to the school board in October following the resignation of former board member Brian Bielecki. Pericone has two children who are graduates from the BH-BL district. He is a mechanical engineer and trainer for General Electric. Pericone is currently leading the board's policy review efforts and is serving as liaison to the Pashley Elementary PTA.

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