Delegates elect 2018 officers
On Board Online • October 23, 2017
By Barbara Bradley
Deputy Director of Online Communications and Project Planning
Delegates to NYSSBA's Annual Business Meeting elected a slate of officers to one-year terms for 2018.
William Miller of Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES was elected to his first term as president. Fred Langstaff of Eastern Suffolk BOCES was elected to his first term as 1st vice president. Peggy Zugibe of North Rockland was elected to her first term as 2nd vice president. Thomas Nespeca of Monroe 1 BOCES was elected to a fifth term as treasurer.
Miller explained he chose "Every Child Does Matter" as his presidential theme to remind school board members of "our awesome responsibility. We need to keep in mind that discussions about state aid, property tax caps, school building closures and any of a hundred different issues are important insofar as they have a direct bearing on the education of children."
He added, "Every decision we make, every dollar we spend, every building we construct, has to be done in the interest of the children we serve . It's up to us as school board members to light the whole path so our children have a brighter future."
NYSSBA Treasurer Thomas Nespeca reported that the Association is in good fiscal shape. "Our investments in NYSSBA are made in order to strengthen our support of school boards, district personnel and student outcomes," he said.
Also introduced at the meeting were Area Directors elected for 2018-19: Linda R. Hoffman, Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES (Area 1); Christine Schnars, Jamestown (Area 3); William Miller, Herkimer- Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES (Area 5); Catherine A. Lewis, Schenectady (Area 7); John Redman, Florida (Area 9); Robert "B.A." Schoen, Nassau BOCES (Area 11); and Sharon Rencher, New York City (Area 13).
Susan Bergtraum of Nassau BOCES will become the immediate past president for 2018. In addition, there will now be a special election in Area 5 to replace incoming president William Miller.