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Niskayuna has three school board hopefuls

Residents of the Niskayuna Central School District will be able to choose from three candidates for two open spots on the Board of Education for the 2009-2010 school year at the Tuesday, May 19, budget vote.

The three candidates for the Niskayuna Board of Education are Barbara Mauro, Richard Fisher and Robert Winchester. Barbara Mauro is seeking her fifth term on the board, Robert Winchester is seeking his second term on the board, and Richard Fisher is seeking his first term on the board.

Fisher earned a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a master's degree in earth science education from the University at Albany.

Fisher taught life science and earth science at Watervliet Junior-Senior High from 1992-2008 and has been a science specialist for the Jewish Community Center's Camp Chavereim for the past two summers. He currently works on educational programs for different community organizations.

He has served as a den leader for the Boy Scouts and has also been an assistant coach and head coach for Niskayuna baseball at all levels of competition. He has lived in the district for 11 years and has four children who have attended, currently attend or will attend Niskayuna Schools.

[I would like] to continue the great work of the school board, to support the kids in the area, and pretty much make the world a better place and to serve my community in the best capacity possible, said Fisher.

According to Fisher, the three main items on his immediate agenda, if elected, are to implement full-day kindergarten; work on a fully interactive online education program " first for the high school and eventually for the middle school; and to start a universal pre-kindergarten program.

Mauro, who has served on the board for the past 12 years, received her bachelor's degree in English literature from Duquesne University; a master's from the University at Albany School of Criminal Justice and a law degree from New York University School of Law.

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