This year there are five people running for three seats on the Board of Education.
Two of the seats are three-year terms. One seat is a one-year term, which is to fill the remaining term of a Board member who resigned this past year. The two candidates with the most votes will receive three-year terms. The candidate with the third most votes will fill the one-year term.
Candidates are listed in random order.
Angelo D. Santabarbara is serving his second term on the Schalmont Board of Education. Mr. Santabarbara is a firm believer in enriching the Schalmont education to build better students within the constraints of budgets that our community can tolerate. Mr. Santabarbara and his wife, Melissa, are proud parents of four past and present Schalmont students (one in middle school, another in high school, and two attending college). Angelo is currently the Board of Education President and has served on the Budget Advisory, Policy, Profile of a Graduate, and Technology Committees. Mr. Santabarbara is the Director of Networks & Systems at Siena College. He earned his MBA in Information Systems & Technology Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from RIT.
Daniel Mac Entee
Daniel Mac Entee is a long-time Rotterdam resident currently serving on the Schalmont School Board. Dan and his wife, Maria, have two sons, Holden and Hayden, who attend the middle and high schools. Dan is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta and has worked in the New York State Legislature for the past 25 years, serving as Chief of Staff and Director of Communications for state senators. Dan’s interest in serving on the Board of Education was sparked as a volunteer on the district’s Profile of a Graduate Committee. His hope for each Schalmont graduate is that their education will help ensure they have the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue and achieve success in their academic, professional and personal goals.
Miranda Eldridge is running for her first term on the Schalmont Board of Education. Miranda resides in Rotterdam with her fiancé and their kindergarten son. As a special needs parent Miranda enjoys advocating for and helping other families of special needs loved ones. Miranda also enjoys volunteering in her community. You will often find her volunteering at the food station with Schenectady Street Soldiers or working with families as a volunteer Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. Miranda also takes pride in being the New York State Director for the American Women of Service organization. Miranda looks forward to the opportunity to become a more active part of the Schalmont school district and being a voice for the Schalmont community.
Kate Kruk earned her bachelor’s degree in English Education from The College of Saint Rose. She has spent many years as a successful event director and fundraising specialist in the local nonprofit industry. This experience has made her very aware of budget constraints and how to make every penny count. Currently, Ms. Kruk is a Process Improvement Architect for GE Global Operations in Schenectady. She is an active volunteer for the Makerspace program and is involved with the Friends of Schalmont Libraries and Friends of Music. She and her husband, David are proud parents and kinship caregivers to students in the Schalmont classes of 2021, 2022 and 2027. Ms. Kruk is currently Vice President of the Board and serves on the Policy and Profile of Graduate/Strategic Planning committees.
David Lawrence has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Adolescent Education and History from SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree in Curriculum Design and Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany. He has been teaching Global History and college level Economics for over 15 years. He and his wife, Melanie, have two boys at Jefferson Elementary. David is a Cub Scout Pack 54 Den Leader and also coaches Rotterdam Youth Soccer and RC Little League. He is running for school board to create more k-12 educational (academic, social, and emotional opportunities) that are accessible to all students, improve communication between the Board, community, and parents, and to improve scholastic achievement. It takes a parent and educator in the classroom to know what students and educators need, and David Lawrence is both.