May 20, 2014 at BCHS, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
If the proposed 2014-15 district budget is approved by voters, the plan will include a property tax levy increase of 2.99 percent. It is expected that the resulting tax rates will decrease by 3.57 percent. Rates are expected to be the same in both the Town of Bethlehem and the Town of New Scotland. To help residents ESTIMATE the budget's impact on their tax bill, use the calculator below. Final tax rates will not be available until August. Click here for calculator>>
MAY BUDGET MEETINGS
Please join us and offer your input on BCSD budget issues. All meetings will be held in the BCHS Library & Media Center.
• May 6, 6:30 p.m.:Meet the Candidates Night (sponsored by the League of Women Voters)
• May 7, 7 p.m.:Budget Hearing
• May 20, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.:Budget Vote, BCHS
• May 21, 7 p.m.:Board of Education meeting
May 17 Budget Vote and Board Election
On the May 17 ballot, voters will also select from among eight candidates to fill three seats on the Board of Education. Board members serve volunteer three-year terms, which begin on July 1. You can watch the video from the Meet the Candidates night below.
Video: Meet the Candidates Night - May 13, 2011
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Candidates in the order they will appear on the ballot
LAURA LADD BIERMAN
Laura Ladd Bierman, of 111 Read Road, Glenmont, is seeking her second term on the Board of Education. She is the executive director of the League of Women Voters of New York State. Bierman first moved to the district in 1982, and has lived here for a total of 14 years, returning most recently in 2005. She and her husband, Luke, have three children, a graduate student, a college senior, and a junior at BCHS.
DONALD KAWCZAK JR.
Donald Kawczak Jr., of 2402 Indian Fields Road, Feura Bush, is seeking his first term on the Board of Education. A district resident for 34 years, Kawczak is employed by the Town of Bethlehem Department of Public Works. He and his wife, Amanda, have two children, a kindergarten student at Clarksville and a 3-year-old.
Vincent Potenza, of 11 Peel Street, Selkirk, is
seeking his first term on the Board of Education. A district
resident for 31 years, Potenza is the creative director and CEO of
Inc. He and his wife, Eloise, have a son.
Mary Danckert-Collins, of 2004 Delaware Turnpike, Clarksville, is seeking her first term on the Board of Education. A district resident for 53 years, Danckert-Collins is employed by Rapunzel's Salon in Albany. She and her husband, Gerald, have two children, a graduate student and a BCHS sophomore.
PETER A. SCOTTO
Peter A. Scotto, of 24 Cherryvale Boulevard, Slingerlands, is seeking his first term on the Board of Education. A district resident for 11 years, Scotto is president of Advanced Therapy PLLC. He and his wife, Laura, have two children at BCMS.
Harmeet Narang, of 56 Grayceland Ave., Clarksville, is seeking his first term on the Board of Education. He grew up in the district and has lived here for a total of 19 years, including the past two. Narang is employed by GE Energy. He and his wife, Kristi, have two children, a first grade student at Clarksville and a daughter who will enter kindergarten at Eagle next fall.
DR. CAITRIN NAVARRO
Dr. Caitrin Navarro, of 25 Fieldstone Drive, Delmar, is seeking her first term on the Board of Education. A district resident for nine years, Navarro is employed by Schoolhouse Road Pediatric Associates. She and her husband, Brian, have three children, a sixth grade student at BCMS, and a 3rd grade student and a kindergarten student at Eagle.
MATTHEW J. DOWNEY
Matthew J. Downey, of 6 Dorset Street, Delmar, is seeking his second term on the Board of Education. A district resident for 20 years, he is the senior vice president for corporate finance and chief financial officer of the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation. Downey and his wife, Debra, have two children, a freshman and a junior at BCHS.