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Two Bethlehem board members decide not to run again

"They certainly have both contributed a great deal," she said. "They have brought their unique abilities to the board."

Lenhardt said it is becoming more difficult to find people who will spend their free time volunteering and becoming a member of the school board.

"You're in a fish bowl, people are watching," said Lenhardt. "Hopefully, we will have some people willing to serve."

Nominating petitions for these two open seats on the 2007-08 Bethlehem Central board of education are now available from the school district clerk's office at 90 Adams Place, Delmar, 12054.

The terms for seats currently held by Lyman and Svenson will expire on June 30. Each term of office is three years, beginning July 1.

"It serves no one well to come in with individual and personal agendas," said Lyman, offering advice for prospective candidates. "This board has been very successful because they had no obstructionist issue."

Svenson and Lyman both agree having new faces on the school board can be a positive experience for the community.

"It's healthy to have change over a period of time," said Svenson. "There should be some diversity on the board with members contributing different talents and points of view."

Each nominating petition must contain a minimum of 118 valid signatures and must be filed with the district clerk by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 16, which is 30 days prior to the school district's annual m " budget vote - on Tuesday, May 15. The board of education elections occur at the same time as the district budget vote on the 15th of May.

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