GUILDERLAND: Voters OK school budget

Voters filled the three open seats on the board of education with incumbents Barbara Fraterrigo and Colleen O'Connell, and newcomer Gloria Towle-Hilt.

"I feel very validated that the community did not look at my experience as a conflict of interest and valued my years as a teacher," said Towle-Hilt, who is retiring in June after teaching for 36 years.

Towle-Hilt thanked the community for its support and the large turnout for the vote, and said it was a "testament to the work the present sitting board has done."

Towle-Hilt ran for the board alongside O'Connell.

"I'm very proud of the campaign that Gloria and I ran. We took the high road," said O'Connell. "Unlike our opponents, we didn't focus on the negative. We're pleased you can have a positive campaign and have a decisive victory."

O'Connell credited her past experience on the board as a "responsible and moderate" member for her re-election.

Fraterrigo credited her reelection to her experience and her "thoughtful consideration" of the issues.

"I was delighted to have the support of the community once again and to continue serving the children and taxpayers of the district," said Fraterrigo, who has served on the board since 1997.

Carolyn Kelly and John Fraher lost their bids for spots on the school board.""

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