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"Our ability to adapt will be the hallmark of this district," he said.

He said one of the strengths of the district is its programming.

"I think we have programs that hit at all levels," Blowers said.

He said there is something available to every student, whether the student is ahead of or behind peers.

"No one gets lost in the shuffle," he said.

In regard to class size, Blowers said, "It's hard to put a hard and fast number on it. I think there a lot of factors that go into it."

Some of the factors he mentioned included class composition and teacher experience.

Blowers' ideal future school would have a greater sense of diversity. He said ideally the district would have a sister school in another country where students could interact with students across the world. He also said more high school students would be involved in college academics.

Joe Pericone

Pericone has worked as a mechanical engineer for General Electric for more than 29 years. In the past eight years, he as served as an instructor at General Electric's Energy Learning Center.

He helped develop the district's Pathways Program, which allows middle and high school students to take hands-on lessons at the General Electric Learning Center and introduces them to the engineering field.

He has been a resident of the district for 15 years, living on St. Stephens Lane in Glenville with his wife. The couple has four children: two are Burnt Hills graduates, one is in high school and one in middle school.

"I'm just starting to scratch the surface in terms of what I can learn," Pericone said regarding his service on the school board.

He said the district is lucky to have an extremely dedicated teaching staff.

"The people that come here, you never hear them wanting to leave," he said of the teachers.

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