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Candidates to meet and greet public

The Bethlehem Central School District will hold a meet and greet event on Wednesday, May 13, at the Bethlehem Middle School for the candidates of the upcoming board of education election.

The event will begin in the school's auditorium at 6:30 p.m. and is being sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

There are five candidates running for two open seats on the school board.

The five candidates are Rudy A. Arias, Patrick Greene, Lynne Lenhardt, Peter B. Shawhan and Charmaine Wijeyesinghe.

Members of the board of education are elected by the voters of the district to establish policy and direct the administration of the schools.

Individuals are eligible for election to the board if they are qualified voters of the district and can read and write. State education law does not limit the number of terms of office a member may serve. Board members receive no salaries or other compensation.

Two or three seats on the board are up for election every year. Voting on candidates for board membership takes place at the annual election of the school district, which will be on Tuesday, May 19, this year.

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