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Familiar faces running for Shen school board

Familiar faces running for Shen school board

One candidate running as a write-in
Familiar faces running for Shen school board
Board of Ed. members (L-R) Gary DiLallo, Todd Gilbert, Bob Pressly and Superintendent Oliver Robinson April 11, 2017.
Photographer: KASSIE PARISI

CLIFTON PARK — Two incumbents, along with at least one write-in candidate, are running for seats on the Shenendehowa Board of Education this year.

There are three seats up for election this year: Two are for three-year terms, and the other, which will be vacated by board President Bill Casey in June, will carry a two-year term.

Casey, a longtime member of the board, said in March that he was resigning to focus on his family.

Current board members Bob Pressly and Christina Rajotte, are running for re-election to their positions. 

Pressly is serving his second term and has served as board president. A resident of Rexford, he has a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Rajotte, a Halfmoon resident, is wrapping up her first term on the board. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from St. John Fisher College.

Pressly and Rajotte both have children attending the Shenendehowa school system. They were the only candidates who filed the paperwork necessary to be on the ballot, though Ram Lalukota, a Clifton Park resident, recently entered the race as a write-in candidate.

A father of two middle-school students in the district, Lalukota has been involved in numerous parent-teacher associations. He has also volunteered with several camps and in many classrooms.

Lalukota graduated in India with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and moved to the United States 20 years ago, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. He has worked around the state for the past 17 years as an information technology consultant.

Members of the board of education do not receive payment for serving.

Also on the ballot for voters will be the district's proposed $174 million budget for the next school year and a proposal that would allow the district to purchase 22 new school buses to replace older ones in the fleet.

The vote will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 15 in the gymnasium at Gowana Middle School.

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