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3 Sch’dy school board seats up for grabs

3 Sch’dy school board seats up for grabs

1 incumbent not running, 2 others still to decide
3 Sch’dy school board seats up for grabs
Schenectady school board members Cheryl Nechamen (from left), Tanya Hull and Dharam Hitlall.
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Three Schenectady school board seats are for grabs next month and it remains unclear which, if any, incumbents will pursue another term.

Board member Cheryl Nechamen announced publicly last month she will not pursue re-election. Board members Tanya Hull and Dharam Hitlall both said Wednesday they have not yet decided if they will run again.

“I’m not sure yet,” Hitlall said after the board’s last meeting. “I’ve been telling people if they know someone they want to run to tell them to go down to district office."

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At least some potential candidates have done just that, district spokeswoman Karen Corona said. Four or five people have picked up petitions for the open seats at the district office and another one or two people downloaded the material from the district website.

Prospective candidates must deliver 100 signatures to the district clerk's office no later than 5 p.m. on April 26. The election will be held alongside a district budget vote and capital project referendum on May 16.

The three seats are up for three-year terms. Winners will be joining board members Cathy Lewis and Ann Reilly, who were both re-elected last year, and John Foley and Mark Snyder.

Will Rivas, a community activist who put up a challenge to incumbents Lewis and Reilly last year, said in March that he hadn't considered running again but he didn't rule it out.

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