May 21, 2018


Four running for Board of Education

May 14, 2018

Four district residents are running for three-year terms on the Board that begin July 1. The seats are currently held by Dirk Felton and Christina Loukides, who are not running for re-election, and Joshua Menzies, who is running for re-election. All candidates run at-large rather than for
a specific board seat.

The following candidates, in the order they will appear on the ballot, are running for the board.

Christopher J. Lohret is seeking his first term on the board. He lives in Delanson with his wife, Kim, and their children, Rylie and Owen. He is a graduate of Siena College with a bachelor’s degree in management, and he works for Microsoft as a delivery executive. Lohret is active in the community with Duanesburg Youth Basketball, where he has served as an assistant coach, and with American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), where he has served as a coach.

Joshua Menzies is seeking his second term on the board. He lives in Delanson with his wife, Jill, and children, Jade, Jocelyn and Jisele. He studied aviation science at Schenectady County Community College and Community College of the Air Force at SCCC, earned a pilot’s license and nursing and EMT certifications and is employed by the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office. Menzies is a New York Air National Guard veteran who has been active in the Duanesburg PTSO and PTA, Friends of Music, Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Fatima Church and Duanesburg Little League.

Shayne Mitchell is seeking his first term on the board. He lives in Duanesburg with his wife, Leila and their children, Alanna and Maris. He is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. A licensed professional engineer, he is employed as a section chief at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Water. Mitchell is active in the community as a swim-meet volunteer with the Duanesburg Electric Eels swim team

Teresa Wood-Irvin is seeking her first term on the board. She lives in Duanesburg with her family and son Niko. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at the University at Albany, master’s degree in Spanish at Middlebury College, and is a certified K-12 Spanish teacher. An educator for 21 years, Wood-Irvin teaches Spanish at Guilderland High School and has also taught at the University at Albany. She is active in the community as recording secretary of the Duanesburg Community PTA; Alliance advisor, cultural fair chair and new teacher mentor program representative at Guilderland High School; and past board member of GLSEN.

DCS residents will vote May 15 on the Board candidates, the proposed 2018-19 school budget, a proposition to purchase school buses, and a proposition to authorize establishment a capital reserve fund for general improvements, reconstruction, renovations, or additions to DCS buildings.

The vote will be held in the Duanesburg Central School District central offices, located adjacent to the main high school entrance, from 1-9 p.m.

Christopher J. Lohret      Joshua Menzies     Shayne Mitchell     Teresa Wood-Irvin

From left: Christopher Lohret, Joshua Menzies, Shayne Mitchell, Teresa Wood-Irvin