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Four people seeking two seats on Scotia-Glenville school board

Dan Feinberg, Emily Orr, Eric Potts and Kim Talbot
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Dan Feinberg, Emily Orr, Eric Potts and Kim Talbot

SCOTIA-GLENVILLE Two Scotia-Glenville Central School District Board of Education members seeking re-election this May will face two other district residents vying for a seat on the board. 

Kimberly Talbot of Second Street is seeking her second term to the board. She was first elected in May 2019. Talbot studied elementary education, music education and fine arts at the Community College of Rhode Island. She works as a consumer caregiver at Attentive Care. Talbot has lived in the district for 22 years. She and her husband Joe have three children; Zachary, a senior at the high school, Oliver a 6th grader and Calvin a fourth grader at Lincoln Elementary. 

Joe Talbot’s cousin Hal Talbot is currently serving on the board. 

Kimberly Talbot said she’s seeking re-election in order to continue serving the children and families in the community. 

This past year I have focused on equal opportunity learning, mental health and distance learning,” she said.  “These are the topics I will continue to focus on if reelected.  I feel that no matter what your background is or where you transfer from, all students should have the same opportunities to thrive.  This includes right sizing our schools and classrooms.”

She also wants to focus on distance learning in terms of what the district can provide to the community, but also what other districts can provide to Scotia-Glenville students. Broadening students access to other educational resources is also important, she said, noting not every student is college bound. Lastly, she wants to continue to advocate for mental health resources for students and their families, she said. 

Talbot is Rotary District 7190 membership chairperson and the Lincoln Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association president. She was previously the president of the Scotia Rotary and has won several awards, including the Hometown Hero award in 2018. 

Emily G. Orr of Catherine Street is seeking her first term on the board. Orr is a teaching assistant at Mohonasen High School. Orr has a bachelor’s degree in Music and Teaching Licensure from SUNY Fredonia, a master’s in Music from West Virginia University and a she holds a doctoral degree of musical arts from the University of North Carolina. 

Orr previously sat on three different school boards in North Carolina and is also the founder of Longleaf School of Arts, a college preparatory high school in Raleigh, North Carolina, 

Orr said after leaving the area in her mid-20s to continue her education she couldn’t wait to get back to the area. 

“I just wanted to find the best way to serve my community,” she said about campaigning for a seat. 

Orr said she really wants to get residents to board meetings to voice their thoughts, noting she’s not sure a lot of people know that you have that opportunity to speak in front of the board. 

She also said she wants to look at ways the board can help the district with the mental health crisis facing students. 

“That desperately needs to be addressed,” she said. 

Orr is the president of the Scotia-Glenville Friends of Music, a board member of Freedom Park in Scotia, a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 85-133, a member of the New York State United Teachers American Federation of Teachers Local #2840 and a member of the National Music Honor Society, according to information provided by the district. 

Eric P. Potts of Sanders Avenue is also seeking his first term on the board. Potts is administrative assistant with the Glenville Police Department and holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from SUNY Oswego. He has been a resident of the district for 14 years. He and his wife Dana have three children; Tristen is 6-year-old and a middle-schooler, Caden is a fourth grader at Glen-Worden Elementary and they have a son Ryker who is 2-years-old.

Potts is the vice president of the Knights of St. John, which is through St. Joseph’s Church in Schenectady, according to information provided by the district. He is also a member of the Freemason Lodge 915 in Scotia and is on the Scotia-Glenville Republican Committee. 

Potts said he is running for a seat on the board in order to be more hands-on in the district. 

“I can’t sit here and complain if I’m not part of the solution,” he said. 

One of his focuses will be trying to build a better connection between the district and community. 

Daniel P. Feinberg of North Ballston Avenue is seeking his fourth term to the board, according to information provided by the district. He first gained a seat on the board in May 2013. Feinberg and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Sam who is in high school and Cal who is in middle school. 

Feinberg is a graduate of Haverford University where he got his bachelor’s degree in biology before going on to get his master’s degree in instructional design from George Mason University. He is an employee of the State University of New York where does work supporting learning and enrollment management. 

Feinberg, who has lived in the district for 17 years, was the vice president of the board of education from 2018 to 2020. He is also the vice president of the Fifty FC Soccer Club. 

Feinberg did not return multiple requests for additional information.

Correction 4/23 8:27 a.m.: An earlier version of this story misidentified how Joe Talbot and Hal Talbot are related. They are cousins.

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