Saratoga County

Three poised for return to office

Three members of the city school district’s Board of Education who are seeking re-election May 20

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Three members of the city school district’s Board of Education who are seeking re-election May 20 will have no opposition.

No one except the incumbents filed nominating petitions to appear on the ballot by Wednesday’s deadline, district officials said.

This is the first time in at least three years that there will be no city school district election contests.

Board President Frank Palumbo, of Wilton, and board members Mia Pfitzer, of Wilton, and Jeffrey W. Piro, of Greenfield, are running as a team as they have in past elections.

Superintendent Janice M. White said Wednesday the three board members also ran unopposed the three other times they sought election.

Palumbo, Pfitzer and Piro are each finishing nine years on the school board. The terms are three years.

“They are highly respected public servants,” White said of the three board members. “We are very fortunate to have them as members [of the school board].”

Palumbo said he and his fellow board members want to continue to support and work closely with White, who was appointed last summer to replace longtime superintendent John E. MacFadden, who retired.

School board members are volunteers and receive no pay for their work.

While Palumbo is current board president, Piro is a past board president, and Pfitzer a past vice president. The three joined the board in 1999.

Palumbo is a licensed landscape architect and site development group manager for C.T. Male Associates P.C. in Latham, an engineering firm.

He has a degree in landscape architecture from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University and a master’s in urban and environmental studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

He, like the others, has served on other community volunteer organizations such as the Wilton Recreation Commission, Saratoga County Arts Council and Franklin Community Center.

Palumbo and his wife Susan have two sons, Colin and Peter, who attend Saratoga Springs High School and the Maple Avenue Middle School.

Pfitzer has been active as a volunteer in the schools for many years.

She served as president of the Home School Association at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School and has been involved with school drama productions at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Pfitzer has an associate’s degree in science from Northeastern University. She and her husband Greg live in Wilton. Their daughter Sally is a sophomore at Boston University and their son Michael is a junior at Tufts University.

Piro is a licensed professional landscape architect. He is a senior associate at J. Kenneth Fraser Associates and assists public schools and their architects with site and infrastructure requirements.

Piro is also a member of the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES Board of Education. He was elected recently to a second term on that board as well.

Piro has been on the board of directors of the local American Red Cross, the Greenfield Planning Board and Saratoga County Arts Council.

He has a degree in environmental studies and landscape architecture both from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.

Piro and his wife Debbie have two daughters and live in Greenfield. Abby is a 2000 Saratoga Springs High graduate, and Lauren is a 2004 Saratoga Springs High graduate and a 2008 graduate of Syracuse University. Piro’s granddaughter attends Lake Avenue Elementary School.

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