Niskayuna has three school board hopefuls

She is a retired attorney and former counsel to the New York State Assembly Social Services Committee. She is currently a Schenectady County commissioner on the Capital District Regional Planning Commission and was recently elected to the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education.

Mauro has served as board president and vice president, and is currently a member of the board's audit and policy committees, and the district's health advisory committee, as well as other activities.

Mauro was a member of the parent-teacher organizations at Rosendale Elementary School, Iroquois Middle School and Niskayuna High School, and the shared decision making teams at Rosendale and Iroquois.

She and her husband, Frank, have lived in the district since 1993. Their daughters, Gina and Ava, are graduates of Niskayuna High School.

"What it boils down to is I'm running for the children; for the students in our school district," said Mauro. "That's the entire motivation. I've been on the board for 12 years. It's always in my conscience to try and do things efficiently."

She said that finishing the $94.5 million dollar building project is one of the things she hopes to see accomplished as soon as possible.

"Many board members would say the same thing " there are always areas for improvement, there are always areas where we can do things differently. I still have a lot of enthusiasm for my work on the school board; I love doing it and I feel that I've been effective over the years," said Mauro.

Robert Winchester is seeking his second term on the Board of Education. Winchester holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh, where he majored in biology and chemistry.

He worked for the Niskayuna Central School District for 36 years before retiring in 2005. He served as the district's director of health education and services for 19 years and currently manages his own business importing and selling original Chinese artwork.

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