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Meet the candidates running for three open BOE seats

Voters to select three board members on May 21 ballot

On Tuesday, May 21, three of the five seats on the BKW Board of Education will be up for election.

The two candidates with the greatest number of votes will each fulfill a three-year term; these seats are currently held by incumbents Helen Lounsbury and Jill Norray. The third candidate will fulfill the remainder of Maureen Sikule’s term, which ends in June 2014. Sikule resigned from the school board effective at the end of April.

The PTA is sponsoring a "Meet the Candidates" Night on May 8 in the BKW High School Auditorium at 6 p.m.



Joan Adriance

Joan Adriance is seeking her second non-consecutive term on the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education. She served a five-year term from 2003 to 2008.

Adriance grew up in Warwick, NY and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in secondary education. She has been employed for the past 10 years at CDPHP, where she currently works in the Service and Change Management Office.

Adriance currently serves on the Board of Elders at the Knox Reformed Church and is actively involved in raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region by organizing an annual golf outing for more than 200 golfers.

Joan lives in Knox with her husband, Joe, and their daughter, Marjorie (20), a 2010 BKW graduate, studying early childhood/childhood education at SUNY College at Oneonta.



Earl Barcomb

Earl Barcomb is seeking his first term on the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education.

Barcomb is an alumnus of BKW and currently lives on the farm he grew up on in Knox, where he raises beef cattle and grows hay.

Barcomb has been a school counselor at Schenectady High School for the past 18 years, where he has worked in the John Sayles School of Fine Arts and GE House of Humanities and Culture.

He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree and certificate of advanced study in school counseling. Barcomb currently serves on the town of Knox’s Planning Board and previously served on the Town of Knox’s Conservation Advisory Council. He also volunteers with Boy Scout Troop 79.

Earl has three children in the BKW school district; Earl (13), Sophia (10) and Daniel (8).



Matthew Tedeschi

Thomas Gagnon is seeking his first term on the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education.
Gagnon has been a resident of Knox for the past 17 years. He received his MFA from Syracuse University in 1988 and his BFA from both the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 1985.

He is an artist (painter) and educator, having served 6 years as the Artist in Residence at the Empire State Museum and as a teaching artist for the Arts in Education program for the Capital district. Gagnon has also taught at the college level.

He has recently worked with the Board of Education as part of a group that did research on the International Student Program soon to be implemented at BKW. He also served on the community-based panel during the search for the new BKW superintendent three years ago.

Thomas has two daughters; his eldest graduated from BKW in 2011 and his youngest is a junior.



Chasity McGivern

Chasity McGivern is seeking her first term on the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education.

McGivern grew up in Berne, is currently a resident of the town of Knox and is an alumna of BKW (class of ‘88).

She is currently finishing up her bachelor’s degree in business management and is set to graduate in May. She also holds a two-year degree from Cobleskill and a Paralegal Certification.

McGivern regularly participates in school activities at BKW. She is a member of the BKW Alumni Association and is a member of the district’s Sports Boosters. She also regularly volunteers with her church.

Chasity has a son, John Todd (14) who attends the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Secondary School.



Amy Wright

Amy Wright is seeking her first term on the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education.

Wright has worked in education for the last 13 years, most recently as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher in the Schenectady City School District. She has four master’s degrees in secondary education, educational administration, curriculum and instruction, and special education and has seven years of work experience as loan officer in a credit union.

Wright has taught “College in the High School” courses in her previous work for BOCES. While working for both BOCES and Schenectady High School, she wrote curriculum for use in conjunction with SUNY Cobleskill, The College of St. Rose, Hudson Valley Community College and Schenectady County Community College.

Amy has five children who either attend or will soon attend BKW. Her husband is a teacher and coach in the BKW school district. She regularly helps out at BKW sporting and PTA events, chairs PTA events, was a previous Girl Scout leader and volunteers for her church.

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