Heidcamp not seeking reelection to Saugerties School Board

Conservative Party Chairman George Heidcamp came up with the idea (photo by Will Dendis)

Five candidates for three open seats on the Saugerties school board submitted petitions by Monday’s deadline, with former board president George Heidcamp the only incumbent not seeking re-election.

Incumbents Florence B. Hyatt and Angie Minew are running again; challengers Elena Maskell, Katie Emerson-Hoss and Paul Van Schaack also want on the board.

Monday, April 18 was the petition filing deadline for those wanting to serve on their local school boards in all Ulster school districts except Kingston.


In the Onteora district, two three-year terms and three one-year terms — the unexpired balances of ex-trustees Ann McGillicuddy, Gideon Moor and Tanya Davis, who all resigned last year — are up for grabs. Hoping to grab them are incumbents Laurie Osmond and Ron Kurnit, as well as Dale Allison, Bennet Ratcliff, Kevin Salem, Lindsay Shands and Leo Warren. The top two vote-getters will be seated for three years; the next three most popular will serve one-year terms.

In New Paltz, two candidates will be on the ballot: Sophia Skiles and Matthew Williams. Current trustees Dominick Profaci and Julie Tresco have elected not to run again for the seats they had occupied on the board.

In Highland, incumbents Sue Gilmore and Thomas Miller were the only people to file to run.

Kingston, as it is a city school district and not a central school district, will not know its candidates at the close of business on Wednesday, April 27. All districts will vote on trustees as well as 2016-17 budgets on Tuesday, May 17.