Lenhardt of Bethlehem elected president of the State School Boards Association

Bergtraum, Miller, Nespeca elected board officers


FOR RELEASE:  October 30, 2013

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Lynne Lenhardt of Bethlehem, NY was elected president of the New York State School Boards Association. Her one-year term begins Jan. 1, 2014.

Lenhardt was elected Oct. 26 at NYSSBA’s Annual Business Meeting in Rochester. A total of 246 voting delegates participated in the meeting, which was held in conjunction with NYSSBA’s 94th Annual Convention & Education Expo attended by nearly 3,000 members of the education community.

NYSSBA provides advocacy, training and information to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state’s public schools. The NYSSBA board establishes policies to supervise, control and direct the business of the Association.

“NYSSBA will lead the charge to find ways to stabilize local, state and federal funding for education,” Lenhardt told the delegates. “Sadly, many schools and students simply suffer because of their zip codes.”

Lenhardt has served on the NYSSBA Board of Directors since 2002, first as an area director representing school boards in Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties, and second as vice president.

Lenhardt was elected to the Bethlehem Central Board of Education in 1988 and has served as president and vice president. She has been a member of the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education since 1997 and has served as president. She is also a member of the Tech Valley High School operating board. 

Lenhardt received a master’s degree from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. She formerly taught high school social studies. She also served as an adjunct college instructor of mathematics and worked in the New York State Legislature.

Other elected officers

In addition, Susan Bergtraum of Old Westbury was elected first vice president and William Miller of West Winfield was elected second vice president. Thomas Nespeca of Webster was elected treasurer. All three will serve as officers on the board of directors of NYSSBA.

Bergtraum has been a member of the Nassau BOCES since July 2006. She is a former president and vice president of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association, and  was a member of the East Williston board from 1991-2006. 

Miller was elected to the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education in 2002. He was on the Mount Markham school board from 1993 to 2005, serving as president for six years.

Nespeca, who is currently completing his second term as president of NYSSBA, has been a member of the Webster School Board since 1998, having served as president and vice president. He is also a member of the Monroe County School Boards Association, serving as president in 2004 and 2005.


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