KINDERHOOK – In addition to voting for the 2012-13 school budget proposition Tuesday, May 15 residents who go to the polls will choose the candidates to fill the four vacancies on the Ichabod Crane Central School District Board of Education.
Three of the vacancies are for three-year terms, and the other vacancy is for two-year term left open due to the resignation of board president Andrew Kramachyk. That seat expires June 30, 2014.
Five candidates are running for the four seats Barbara-anne Johnson-Heimroth, Jeremy M. Insull, Bruce Naramore, Cheryl Francoeur Trefzger and Jeffrey Ouellette. Mr. Naramore is the only incumbent on the ballot.
Below are edited versions of the candidates’ profiles, which each candidate submitted to the district clerk. The full profiles are on the district website at www.ichabodcrane.org.
Barbara‐anne Johnson‐Heimroth is the owner operator of Little Wonders Early Childhood Enrichment Center, Route 9, Valatie. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in education from The College of Saint Rose and holds dual certifications as a New York State teacher, birth – grade 2 and grades 1‐6.
A 1979 graduate of Ichabod Crane, Ms. Johnson-Heimroth says she has always had a vested interest in the community’s educational system, as her five children attended Ichabod. Her commitment to the school continues today as her three grandsons and dozens of her former students are currently enrolled in the school system. She recognizes education as the foundation that children build their lives upon and will bring her unique perspective and years of experience to the school board.
Jeremy M. Insull has lived in Valatie for 13 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in French language and literature and a master’s degree in secondary education. “With these, I have nearly 20 years’ experience as an educator in New York State,” he wrote in his candidate statement. He has spent the last 14 as a French teacher at the Taconic Hills Central School District.
“Not only am I aware, then, of the plight of public schools today, but I am keenly aware of the challenges faced by educators as well. I am concerned, specifically, with the preservation of programs that allow a district to offer challenges to its students. Without programs like AP, College Credit bearing coursework and the arts and humanities, we under prepare today’s students for the world they are facing,” he wrote.
Bruce Naramore is seeking his second three‐year term as a member of the Board of Education. He is a retired museum administrator and part‐time independent educational consultant specializing in college admissions. He and his wife, Sally, have resided in the Village of Kinderhook for 21 years and have two daughters, Sarah and Susan.
“Despite the unprecedented economic challenge of the past several years, I believe we’ve done a good job in preserving those programs that are essential to the future of our students. Looking ahead, it will be critical to seek out and hire a superintendent who can work effectively with teaching and administrative staff, and the community, to enhance our offerings in a cost‐efficient manner. I also hope to see the district work in a mutually respectful manner with our employee unions to put Ichabod Crane on a financially sustainable path forward as we emerge from the depths of the recent recession,” he wrote.
Jeffrey Ouellette is a graduate of Ichabod Crane High School and lives in Valatie with his wife and their daughter, who is a student in the ICC middle school. Mr. Ouellette has been employed in the banking industry as a manager and assistant vice president for over 20 years, and he has owned and operated several businesses in the community.
In 2011, Mr. Ouellette served on the school district’s Superintendent Search Committee and recently participated on the Schodack–Ichabod Crane Merger Committee. Mr. Ouellette is chairman of the Town of Kinderhook Board of Assessment Review and sits on the Town’s Zoning Board of Appeals Committee. He is also a Girl Scout Volunteer.
Cheryl Francoeur Trefzger has lived in Valatie for over 15 years and currently works for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) as the outreach manager for upstate New York. Prior to JDRF, she worked in finance and marketing. She is currently a non-voting member of the Ichabod Crane Finance Committee and has serviced as the president of the IC Football Committee, as well being a past president of the middle school PTSA and vice-president of the elementary PTA.
“I am seeking a seat on the Ichabod Crane School Board because I believe our school requires a voice to articulate a positive message and communicate revenue opportunities within our community…. I have a solid background of experience in leadership, communication, and dedication and I make decisions based on the success of all of our students,” she wrote in the candidate profile.