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Voters to select two board members on May 20 ballot

On May 20, residents will consider candidates for two seats on the BKW Board of Education. The two candidates with the greatest number of votes will each fulfill a three-year term; these seats are currently held by incumbents Vasilios Lefkaditis and Chasity McGivern.

RUSSELL CHAUVOT is seeking his first term on the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education.

Chauvot is a life-long district resident, with the exception of his military career. He graduated from BKW and attended McKendree College, University of Maryland, Central Texas College and Alameda University while serving in the U.S. Army. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Training and Development.

Chauvot is a Senior Education Specialist with the SUNY Research Foundation where he plans, develops and delivers training to social services staff throughout the state. He has a son, Alex (18), who attends BKW Secondary School, and two older children, one of whom graduated from BKW in 2004. He is a past Scout Master and Little League coach and is currently involved with the Hilltowns Players and Fox Creek 5K.


VASILIOS LEFKADITIS is seeking his second term on the BKW Board of Education. He has served on the Board for the past three years and is this year’s Vice President.

Lefkaditis has lived in Berne for seven years. He graduated from Valley Stream Central High School in Long Island, received an associate’s degree from ADAC in Colorado and held a series 7, 63, 24 and 65 securities industry licenses.

He is currently a member of BKW’s Budget Advisory Committee, Audit and Finance Committee and PTA. He is a coach for BKW Little League T-ball, a member of the Knox Comprehensive Planning Board Review Committee and the Hilltown Players.
Lefkaditis has 5 children; Vasiliki (12), Stavros (9), Antonina (7) and Aggelos (6) currently attend school at BKW, and his daughter, Anna (3), will attend pre-K in the fall.



CHASITY MCGIVERN is seeking her first full term on the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education. She is currently serving an unexpired term created when a board member resigned in 2013.

McGivern grew up in Berne, is currently a resident of the town of Knox and is an alumna of BKW (class of ‘88).She recently finished her bachelor’s degree in business management and also holds a two-year degree from Cobleskill and a paralegal pertification.

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 (15), who attends the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Secondary School.