Thursday, 16 May 2024 13:25

Schuylerville Board of Education Candidates

Candidates for the Schuylerville Central School District Board of Education: Joanna Crowley, Jennifer Moreau, Robert Thivierge, and Jonathon Procter. Photos via the SCSD website. Candidates for the Schuylerville Central School District Board of Education: Joanna Crowley, Jennifer Moreau, Robert Thivierge, and Jonathon Procter. Photos via the SCSD website.

SCHUYLERVILLE — Residents of the Schuylerville Central School District will have an opportunity to vote on the annual school budget, as well as select two members of the district’s Board of Education on May 21. The two seats up for grabs are currently held by Joanna Crowley (who is running for re-election) and Shaun Cumm. Once elected, the two board members will serve five-year terms beginning July 1.

The candidates below appear in the order in which their names will appear on the ballot.

Robert Thivierge served 28 years in the United States Air Force and retired in 2014. He is currently employed as a driver at Tymetal, delivering high security gate systems. A 1986 Schuylerville High School graduate, Thivierge has supported various programs and organizations as his own children advanced through the district. He volunteered with Old Saratoga Athletic Association (OSAA) youth sports, assisted with the Schuylerville Youth Lacrosse program, and helped the JV and varsity football teams, among other volunteer roles.

Thivierge previously served on the Schuylerville CSD Board of Education for ten years, 2013-2023, and served in the executive roles of president, vice-president, and legislative liaison. Thivierge’s wife, Ruth Anne, has worked as an elementary school teacher in the district since 1997. They live in Schuylerville. They have three children who are Schuylerville High School graduates and their eldest granddaughter will attend the UPK program at Schuylerville in the fall.

“I am running for the Board of Education to ensure integrity, transparency, and accountability,” Thivierge said in a statement. “I strive to advocate for quality education, to empower educators and all staff, and to shape a future where excellence, innovation, and opportunity are at the core of our educational system at Schuylerville School.”

Jonathon Procter is the Vice-President-Property & Casualty Consultant for USI Insurance Services, where he is a broker of commercial property and construction insurance. He graduated from Schuylerville High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in history from SUNY Brockport in 2012. He is currently a member of the Adirondack Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Contractors Association, and the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and an ambassador for Associated Builders and Contractors. Procter has four children and his family lives in Gansevoort.

“I am a graduate of the district who is raising my family in the district,” Procter said. “I have a lot of pride in our wonderful community and would be honored to be part of voicing the opinions and concerns of the people that the Board of Education serves.”

Joanna Crowley is the current vice-president of the Schuylerville CSD Board of Education and has served on the Board since 2019. She is a stay-at-home mom who has lived in the district for 16 years. Crowley graduated from Saratoga Springs High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Syracuse University, and a master’s degree in accounting from the University at Albany. Crowley is a former accountant for AngioDynamics, as well as a former auditor with PwC, PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

During her time on the Board, Crowley served as Audit Committee Chair and Legislative Liaison. She also served on several other committees, including COVID-19 re-opening, Code of Conduct, and STA negotiations. She previously served as treasurer and secretary of the Wellspring Board and was a softball and soccer coach for Old Saratoga Athletic Association. Crowley and her husband have two daughters and reside in Saratoga Springs.

“Effective school board members balance the needs of a variety of different stakeholders to reach decisions that are in the best interest of the district as a whole, and most importantly our students,” Crowley said. “With two daughters in the district, I have a pulse on the students’ needs, activities taking place on campus, and an availability to parents, students, teachers and staff. The upcoming challenges that we face require experience, knowledge of the issues, and a real commitment to finding solutions. I am proud of the work that I’ve put in over the past five years and hope to have the opportunity to continue that work. I look forward to serving another 5 years as a member of the Board of Education.” 

Jennifer Moreau is a retired Schuylerville Elementary School teacher. In 20 years at Schuylerville, she taught first, third, and fourth grades, as well as 4th grade ELA and social studies in a team-teaching model. She is currently a supervisor for SUNY Cortland student-teachers who have placements in the Capital Region and was previously a cooperating classroom teacher for student teachers from SUNY Oneonta, the College of Saint Rose, Skidmore College, SUNY Plattsburgh, and SUNY New Paltz. Moreau graduated from Linton High School in Schenectady and earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from the University of Maine at Orono, followed by a master’s degree in reading education from the University at Albany. Moreau began her teaching career at Scotia-Glenville, where she taught for 15 years. 

During her time at Schuylerville, Moreau was a mentor-teacher for first-year teachers and a faculty co-advisor for Varsity Club, where she helped facilitate the transition to a new concession stand and helped coaches and athletes fundraise for their teams. Moreau was a committee member for the elementary building team and Schuylerville Dollars for Scholars, and an elementary representative for the COVID-19 reopening committee, as well as principal selection committee. She also served three two-year terms on the executive committee for the Schuylerville Teachers’ Association as an elementary building representative and was a member of two negotiation teams. Within the community, Moreau was a member of the Friends of Schuyler Park Committee during the park’s early years and worked to coordinate fundraising efforts for the playground. She has two daughters who are Schuylerville High School graduates. Moreau lives in Saratoga Springs.

“Almost 30 years ago, my husband and I intentionally built a house in this community so that our future children would benefit from an education in the Schuylerville Central School District,” Moreau said. “Now, as parents of two SCS graduates, we are so grateful for that decision.  I am proud to say that I was a teacher in Schuylerville, but even more proud to say that both of our daughters are SCS graduates. Their positive experiences in the classroom, in extracurricular activities, and as student athletes prepared them well for college and helped shape who they are today as individuals. Schuylerville has amazing students, families, teachers, administrators and support staff. I look forward to working with the other members of the Board of Education in supporting the hard work of our faculty, staff and students, while maintaining a positive and engaging relationship with the community.”

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