Meet the Board of Education Candidates
After 21 years, I recently retired as executive director of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). I understand what is needed in preparing students for life in a rapidly-changing, high-tech world, including:
- A rigorous and relevant K-12 curriculum and up-to-date instructional materials
- Social and emotional support for all children
- A comprehensive program of co-curricular, extra-curricular and athletic offerings
- Clean and safe buildings and grounds
- Well trained, dedicated professionals and support staff
- Rational board decisions, equitable resource distribution and community buy-in
- Honest communications between the school system and the entire Voorheesville school community
Thank you for your support.
When moving from the New York City area about eight and a half years ago, my husband and I chose Voorheesville because of its excellent public schools and strong community. We knew these characteristics would make Voorheesville the perfect place to raise our three boys, George (14), Mac (13), and Finn (10). I am running for the School Board because I want to ensure our schools continue to be the best they can be while remaining fiscally responsible and transparent to the taxpayers of our community. I have spent my professional life ensuring fairness and doing justice for the people I have served, and I will bring that same commitment to my role as a School Board member. I began my career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and currently serve as a Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, leading the Civil Enforcement Division. In addition to serving the public professionally, I have been an active member of our community by coaching youth sports and currently serve as a Board member for the New Scotland Soccer Club and St. Matthews CYO Basketball. If we haven't met yet, my first name is pronounced like the initials "R.G." If you'd like to know more about me or why I am running, please reach out to me at email@example.com. I would be grateful for your support when filling out your ballot, and I look forward to working with you to support our children, teachers, and schools.
Hi! My name is Tricia Putman. If times were different, I’d be going door to door to talk to you about your concerns as well as to learn about things that you value in our district. Since we can’t meet you face to face, please feel free to email me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime here’s a bit about myself and why I’m running for school board.
My husband, Chris Dowd, and I moved to Voorheesville almost twenty years ago and have two daughters at VCSD. Voorheesville has become home for us, and we appreciate the strength and caring that makes up this community.
My personal background is in the financial sector, as a Certified Public Accountant. I have more than twenty years experience in financial services and senior management. Much of my time now is spent as a volunteer in the Voorheesville community, including the school. Over the past decade, I have attended almost every school board and school board committee meeting. Because I would like to give back to this community and feel that my financial management experience, knowledge of the community and passion for creating positive change can support our district, I am running for School Board.
I believe that my civic and professional experience, community involvement, and a strong interest in taking a more active role in supporting the success of the Voorheesville education system may be of some benefit to the existing Board of Education as it faces the challenges and opportunities ahead.
I live in Salem Hills with my wife, Sarah, and my twin 10-year old sons, Jason and Caleb, who have attended the Voorheesville Elementary School for their entire education and are currently in the fifth grade.
I am in the last year of my current five-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Voorheesville Public Library and currently serve as the Board's President. I have been honored to serve with many dedicated Board members at the Voorheesville Public Library for the last 10 years, having initially been appointed to fill a vacant Board seat in 2010 and thereafter successfully running for election to two full five-year terms. Prior to my appointment as President, I previously served as the Board's Vice President and Treasurer for three years. I also have previous experience as a Board member and past Vice President of the Salem Hills Park Association and have served on numerous community and project committees through the years.
After graduating from Voorheesville High School in 1995, I went on to receive a B.S. in Accounting from the State University at Albany and a J.D. from the Albany Law School, proudly graduating from all of those institutions with high honors and experiences that I will treasure for the remainder of my life. I received my first job at the age of 14 at the Voorheesville Public Library and worked throughout my secondary, undergraduate, and law school education in various libraries. Prior to becoming an attorney.