Three to seek board seats in Saratoga Springs school district

Thursday, April 26, 2012
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— Three people filed nominating petitions Wednesday to appear on the May 15 ballot for three seats up for election on the Saratoga Springs City School District Board of Education.

Two incumbent school board members, Charles E. Phillips and Jay C. Rifenbary, have decided not to seek another term.

Instead, Michael Ladd of Regent Street in Saratoga Springs and JoAnne Kiernan of Tyler Drive in Saratoga Springs, have returned petitions and will be on the ballot.

They will be joined by incumbent Steve Grandin of Orenda Spring Drive in Saratoga Springs. Grandin was first elected to the board in 2009. He is senior account executive at Capitol Hill Management Services in Albany. His three sons have all graduated from Saratoga Springs High School and Geyser Crest Elementary School.

Phillips was first elected to the board in 2007. He works for state Office of Counter Terrorism in Albany.

Rifenbary was first elected to the board in 2006. He is president of Rifenbary Training and Development and author of the best-selling book “No Excuse! Incorporating Core Values, Accountability and Balance into Your Life and Career.”

Both Phillips and Rifenbary are graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Residents of the enlarged city school district will also vote May 15 on the district’s $109.7 million proposed 2012-13 budget, which is a 1.4 percent spending increase from the 2011-12 budget. The tax levy in the new budget is increasing 2.56 percent to $72.5 million.

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