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Five candidates looking to fill three seats on ICC board

May 13, 2021 5:45 am

Raymond Pignone is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media voters in the Ichabod Crane School District will vote Tue., May 18, on a proposed $43.8 million spending plan for the 2021-22 school year, reflecting a 3.5 percent increase in spending over the current year. The tax levy will decrease from 3.5 percent to 2.95 percent. Voters will be asked to approve the purchase of four new school buses. And five candidates are competing to fill three open seats on the Board of Education. The term for two of three seats will commence on May 19, while the term for the third seat will start on July 1. Board members serve three-year terms. The five candidates are Regina Rose, Jared Widjeskog [Wid-JAH-skoog], Resa Dimino, Jennifer Allard and Anne Schaefer. Rose and her husband have lived in Niverville since 1972. She is retired from the Ichabod Crane school district, where she spent most of her career in the special education field. Widjeskog lives with his family in Stuyvesant. He has worked in public schools directing after-school programs and during the past eight years in Columbia County, he has supported people with special needs, and is currently administering programs as a fiscal intermediary. Dimino is the mother of an Ichabod Crane 10th grader. She has worked in local and state government, nonprofit,s and businesses. Allard is the parent of a fourth-grader and is employed by the North Colonie schools. She helped develop Regents exams and the state’s social studies curriculum. She is also an education advocate with the New York State Teachers Association. Schaefer lives with her family in Valatie. She has a background in art education and is running for the school board because she believes it offers a meaningful way to contribute to the strength and success of the community. Note: Widjeskog is a volunteer WGXC on-air programmer. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.