GUILDERLAND: Five vie for three seats

On May 15, district residents will be asked to vote for five school board members to fill three open seats for the next three years.

Barbara Fratterrigo and Colleen O'Connell are both seeking re-election. The three newcomers to the race are Carolyn Kelly, Gloria Towle-Hilt and John Fraher.

A 12-year veteran of the school board, Thomas Nachod, will not seek another three-year term after accepting a job out of town.

John Fraher

John Fraher, a 42-year resident of Guilderland, said he would bring his experience as the chief financial officer for a group of six health-care companies to the Guilderland School Board.

As part of his job, Fraher's responsibilities include health-care reimbursement regulatory issues, corporate governance, budget forecasting, investments, insurance and pension management.

The reason, primarily, I'm running is my background is financial in nature, said Fraher.

After speaking with his neighbors, Fraher said he heard a general concern about taxes in the community.

"There are a great deal of rising costs in the school system," said Fraher. "I think we have an excellent school system, but I am concerned about the growing tax burden on the residents. It's getting more difficult for the working family to pay their taxes."

Fraher has one child who graduated from Guilderland High School, two children at Farnsworth Middle School and another in second grade at Guilderland Elementary School.

In addition to addressing rising costs in the budget, Fraher said he believes the board needs "free and open" access to all matters before being able to arrive at appropriate conclusions.

"I believe in good sound government, proper government, and I hope that I can assist with my financial experience on the budget process," said Fraher, who added, "My first priority is obviously to the students and the teachers."

Barbara Fraterrigo

Barbara Fraterrigo, appointed in 1997, is seeking another term on the board.

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