Five seek three seats in Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE – Five candidates are seeking three seats on the Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education in Tuesday’s election.

The candidates, in the order their names will appear on the ballot, are Jean LaPorta, Richard Carlson, Jennifer Pomeroy, Paula Brown-Weinstock and E. Lynn Brown.

LaPorta, Carlson and Brown currently serve on the board. Their three-year terms expire this school year.

LaPorta, who declined to provide her age, said she has been a resident of the city for nearly 50 years and has raised six children in the community.

She said after a career consisting of 30 years in education, she has made community involvement an important part of her life by serving on the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services, the Gloversville Board of Education and the Friends of the Gloversville Library.

If re-elected, she said she will focus on improving all district programs by meeting and exceeding district goals and dealing with every issue fairly. She also said as a district taxpayer, she understands the importance of being fiscally responsible in creating a budget that does not overburden families.

“I’m so excited about the direction the district is headed,” LaPorta said. “I really want to see those things come to fruition.”

Carlson, 67, is the current president of the board. He retired after a 34-year career with the state Department of Transportation.

He said he would like to be re-elected to help further the progress he says the district has made in improving the educational programs and opportunities it offers its students.

“I want to serve on the board to help make the decisions that allow the district to provide a good education at a cost that we can support as a community,” Carlson said.

During his term, he said, the district has been making strides to improve the graduation rate, students’ academic achievement and establishing committees to look at all aspects of the district’s operations.

Pomeroy, 45, said she has been a special-education teacher for more than 11 years through the Community Health Center and has always been interested in getting involved with public education.

She said with a son currently in the district and being a resident of the city for 19 years, she wants to contribute on the board and be an active member of the community.

“I believe in the goals they have already set and I want to help improve the graduation rate,” Pomeroy said. “I have a different voice because I have been going into the homes for the last 11 years working with the families.”

She also has been serving 11 years on the PTA and is the vice president of the Gloversville Middle School/Gloversville High School PTA.

Brown-Weinstock, 45, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and public justice from the State University of New York at Oswego, her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University at Albany and her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Syracuse University.

“I have been in education my entire life,” she said.

In 2000, she became a faculty member at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, teaching psychology and sociology.

“I firmly believe that education begins in the home and that it is important for parents to be involved in their child’s education, both in and out of the classroom,” Brown-Weinstock said. “I really want to get more parents involved.”

Her daughter Rachel previously attended the Gloversville district and her daughter Rebecca is a freshman at GHS.

Brown, 50, is a lifelong city resident. She is currently finishing her third term and seeking a fourth in the coming election.

She is the current vice president of the board and has children who previously attended the district.

She is a graduate of Geneseo State with a bachelor’s degree in communication science and has a master’s degree in reading from the University at Albany. She has been employed by HFM BOCES for the past 29 years as a speech therapist.

During her time on the board, she said she and other members have been able to accomplish many things, including a multi-million-dollar capital project to improve facilities, an energy project that made buildings energy-efficient, restructured special education, consolidated transportation, presented and passed budgets that were under the tax cap, rebuilt the music program, added modified sports and intramurals at the fifth- and sixth-grade levels, offered engineering as well as advanced- placement courses for students and added technology to improve student learning.

“My goal has always been to provide a strong educational program at all levels to prepare our students for the world,” Brown said.

Residents of the the district will vote in the election Tuesday. They also will vote on the district budget.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gloversville High School gymnasium and Bleecker Town Hall.