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Voters to elect two to Board of Education

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on April 18, 2018

On Tuesday, May 15, residents of the Bethlehem Central School District will have the opportunity to elect two members of the Board of Education to three-year terms that begin July 1, 2018.

While there are two open seats on the Board of Education, only one candidate, Christian Myer, filed a petition by the deadline. Therefore, any resident who meets the qualifications of being a board member – at least 18 years of age, is a United States citizen who is able to read and write, and has been a resident of the district for at least the last year – may be elected as a write-in candidate. If there are no write-ins then the seat is deemed vacant and is subject to being filled either by a special election or by board appointment until the date of the next annual election.

With only one declared candidate, the League of Women Voters will not be holding the annual Meet the Candidates Night that had been scheduled for May 1.

Appearing on the ballot:

CHRISTIAN MYER, of Delmar, is seeking his first term on the Board of Education. A district resident for most of his life, he works as a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Shaker Junior High School. Myer and his wife, Mary Ellen, have two children: one at Hamagrael Elementary in grade 1, and one who will be starting kindergarten in the fall.

The Board of Education vote will take place on School Budget Vote Day on Tuesday, May 15 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Upper Gym at Bethlehem Central High School, located at 700 Delaware Avenue.

Two current members of the Board of Education, Lynne Lenhardt and Dr. Charmaine Wijeyesinghe, chose not seek re-election. Their terms expire on June 30, 2018.