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Forum introduces BH-BL school board candidates

Four residents of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District will vie for three open seats on the district's Board of Education.

During a candidate forum Tuesday, May 6, the candidates -- incumbents John Blowers, Joe Pericone and Nancy Della Pia and challenger Patre Kuziak -- discussed topics ranging from their ideal future school to the district's strengths.

Blowers is seeking his first full term on the board; he joined the board in November 2006.

Pericone, who has served on the board since October 2006, is also seeking his first full term.

Finance committee chair and vice president of the school board Nancy Della Pia is seeking her second term.

Kuziak is running for her first term on the district's Board of Education, she has never served on the board.

Vice president of the Teacher's Association Andrew Huluska, who moderated the event, presented three questions to prospective board members regarding the strengths of the school, district class sizes and how to deepen the relationship between the Teacher's Association and the school board.

John Blowers

A lifelong resident of the district, Blowers graduated from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School in 1983.

Blower's twin sons attend Charlton Heights Elementary School, and his daughter will be entering Kindergarten in the fall.

He lives with his wife on Beechwood Avenue in Charlton and serves as a Burnt Hills Little League coach and a board member for Junior Achievement. He is also an elder at Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church.

For more than 10 years, Blowers has been a human resources leader at General Electric.

This district is unique in many ways, Blowers said, adding there is no one large employer in the district except the school, but the district is constantly growing.

He said in the future it would be necessary to adapt to the changing classroom delivery models.

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