Two Ballston Spa school district seats up for grabs

As the board looks for a parcel of land on which to build a new elementary school, Obermayer said every piece of land she passes she evaluates for the use by the district.

"We have spent a lot of time talking about the pros and cons," Obermayer said.

She said having a school that is centrally located to the district's other schools would allow the district to maximize infrastructure costs.

She also said the district could share support services between schools if the new parcel of land were centrally located.

Another important issue to consider in searching for land, Obermayer said, is the amount of wetlands on the parcel. She said the board is looking for a large parcel without a lot of wetlands.

In addition to her duties on the school board, Obermayer is on the Board of Trustees for Brookside Museum and teaches religious education.

Obermayer lives in Milton with her husband and two children.

She is a graduate of Duquesne University and Bowling Green State University.

Obermayer works at Siena College, where she is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.

She said her experience as the vice president of a college has prepared her to evaluate educational data, which she said is a place where the board can improve upon.

"We want to show tangible outcomes," Obermayer said. " So we can adjust programs in a different way."

Obermayer said the board should look at more educational data before making decisions.

"I think we've come a long way, even since I've been on board, in using data to make decisions," Obermayer said.

She said her strengths as a board member include her ability to listen to all sides and her knowledge of what is current in education.

As far as strengths of the district, Obermayer said, "I think we have an incredibly strong community that shows in its support of the school district and students."

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