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Two Ballston Spa school district seats up for grabs

The board decided several months ago to close Malta Avenue to students as soon as they purchased land and built a new elementary school.

Since receiving negative feedback from the public, the board developed a task force to look more closely at the issue.

Specific details of the task force will be provided during the Wednesday, May 14, Board of Education meeting in the district office.

Raymond is a civil engineer for Jacobs, Edwards and Kelcey, an engineering consulting firm located in Saratoga Springs.

He said his background in engineering would allow him to guide the board through the process of purchasing new land for an elementary school.

Despite his background in engineering, Raymond said he is connected to the educational industry through his wife, who is a teacher, in addition to several teacher friends, who he said would help him navigate the system.

He volunteers with the Friends and Neighbors of Ballston Spa and the Ballston Area Recreation Commission.

Raymond received his bachelor's degree in engineering from the State University of New York Utica /Rome, after completing a two -year degree at Hudson Valley Community College.

A lifelong resident of the Capital District, Raymond has spent the past 10 years in Ballston Spa, where he now lives with his wife, and two sons Charlie, 5 and Logan, 3.

Jeanne Obermayer, who has served on the board for one term, said she spent her first term learning about the job and hopes to serve another term so she can put her knowledge to work.

She said she has learned a lot about the school board in her three years. Specifically, she said, undergoing a superintendent search opened her eyes to the duties of a superintendent, as well as how to align a district's need with an individual.

Obermayer was sworn in the same day the former superintendent resigned. Being the only new board member, she said she had to learn a lot about the process initially.

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