In SCHALMONT, four candidates will run for three open seats on the board this year, with Sandra Beloncik running for her sixth term, Michael DellaVilla running for his third, Robert Sheehan running for his third and John Dicocco running for his first.
Robert Sheehan is running for his third term. He is a pharmacist with the Bureau of Pharmacy Policy and Operations for the State of New York. Sheehan is also a member of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Northeast Society of Hospital Pharmacists, American Pharmaceutical Society and Professional Employee Federation. He serves as a soccer official for Section II and is a member of the Eastern Board Approved Soccer Officials Association.
After graduating from Schalmont High School, he received a bachelor's degree from Union University, Albany College of Pharmacy. He and his wife, Sharon, have three children: two daughters, who are both Schalmont alumnae, and a son, who is a 2009 Schalmont alumnus and a freshman at Hofstra University.
0. Why are you running for school board? My education experience at Schalmont paved my way to a college education. The guidance provided at Schalmont enabled me to select my career. I want to continue to give back to this community to provide our children a greater competitive edge as they enter this very competitive world upon graduation.
0. If elected, what do you hope to accomplish? I would like to continue to maintain the level of pride that has again been instilled back into our school system as well as our community.
0. What is you opinion of the 2010-11 school budget? Staff reductions hurt! But this budget is honest and realistic. It maintains the educational core programs enjoyed by our students at a reasonable cost to the tax payers. Community members, the Board and Administration have worked together in developing this budget.