2022 Board of Education Election

On May 17, 2022, Chatham Central School District voters approved the 2022-23 School Budget, approved the Capital Reserve Fund proposition, and elected Muriel Faxon, Fred Hutchinson, Beth Hover, and Marianne Pierro the Board of Education.

Board of Education candidates elected to the Board:

Muriel Faxon: 366 votes  3-year term running July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2025

Fred Hutchinson: 333 votes  3-year term running July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2025 and will start May 18, 2022 to fill the unexpired term left vacant by the resignation of Craig Simmons. 

Beth Hover: 322 votes  2-year term  running July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024

Marianne Pierro: 288 votes  1-year term  running May 18, 2022 - June 30, 2023 to fill the unexpired term left vacant by the resignation of Destiny Hallenbeck

There were four candidates running for four open seats on the Board of Education.

Two 3-year terms commencing July 1, 2022 – expiring June 30, 2025

One 2-year term commencing July 1, 2022 – expiring June 30, 2024

One 1-year term commencing May 18, 2022 – expiring June 30, 2023

The candidates who received the highest and second-highest number of votes were elected to the three-year terms. The candidate who received the third-most votes will serve the two-year term; this shorter term is due to the planned reduction of the Board from nine to seven members, which voters approved in 2020. The candidate who received the fourth-most votes will serve the one-year term, which fills the remainder of a term left vacant by a resignation.

Candidate Information

Candidates were asked to supply a brief article about themselves.

Beth hover

Beth Hover

"As a long-term advocate for education, I ask for your continued support in seeking a fourth term on the Board of Education. My 7 year Board experience-as well as my 35-year teaching experience- provides me with in-depth insight into the many and varied academic needs of our District.

As we move out of the pandemic, I would like the privilege to address the many challenges we’ll encounter in the future-including the availability of resources, declining enrollment, moving our facilities into the 21st century, and rising academic expectations. While some students have struggled with academic achievement during this period, we are also aware of those students that may need more academic rigor.

My current career as a Realtor allows me to understand the tax concerns of parents, senior citizens, and second homeowners. The time I spend with my family allows me to fully understand the perspective of parents and grandparents. I believe my unique experience as outlined above will allow me to continue to serve you very effectively."

Fred Hutchinson

Fred Hutchinson

"Fred Hutchinson has been a resident of Chatham since 2000 and served on the Chatham School Board from 2008-2010.  An educator for 21 years, Fred has a deep understanding of educational systems, budgets, and policy development, all of which this community desperately needs.  His three boys (Haven, Noah and Mason) have all attended Chatham Schools from Kindergarten, winning accolades for their citizenship, leadership, and involvement in our schools.  Voting for Fred is a vote for experience, reasonableness, and a child-centered focus.  With Fred on the Board you will be heard, and our children will thrive."

Marianne Pierro

Marianne Pierro

"My husband and I built our home here in 2003. Our two sons started their education at Holy Spirit School but are now currently in Chatham Middle School and High School. The friendships we made through the Chatham Little League made the school transition seamless. One thing that I find remarkable about this community is just how many Chatham graduates stayed here to raise their own families. That tradition and continuity is worth preserving. The world is going through unprecedented changes right now. We must somehow navigate the new while holding onto the unique culture found here in Chatham. The school is a major part of that culture. Policy decisions need to reflect the values of this community.

I am running for the school board with the express intention of getting more parental involvement in the process. My hope is that 10 years from now there will be many more Chatham graduates raising their families here."

Muriel Faxon

Muriel Faxon

"I would like to serve another term on the Chatham School Board because I have been a committed member over these past many years. 

I am a graduate of Chatham myself as were my five children. I know the community and have always worked with the education of our student body as a priority.

One of my future goals is to try to update our facilities, especially our high school, bringing it up to modern day standards without having a huge impact on our taxpayers. It can be done. I would like to be part of that planning.

We have a very dedicated administration, faculty, and staff in our district. My hope is to continue to work along with them and our Board of Education to keep Chatham the school I have always been so proud of." 

Voter Qualifications:

To be eligible to vote you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States 18 years of age or older

  • A resident of the Chatham Central School District for a period of 30 days or more directly preceding the date of the vote

  • Registered to vote with either the School District or the Columbia County Board of Elections

Voter Registration

Not registered to vote? You can register to vote with the School District on the following voter registration days:

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022 between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School lobby

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School lobby

Absentee Ballots

In the interest of public safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, absentee ballots are available to any registered voter in the District. Applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the Office of the School District Clerk in the MED Elementary School, starting April 22, 2022. Applications must be received by the District Clerk by 4:00 p.m. on May 10 if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or prior to 4:00 p.m. on May 16 if the ballot will be picked up in-person. All absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk not later than 5:00 p.m. on May 17, 2022.

Voters may obtain an absentee ballot upon request if they are unable to vote in-person on May 17. Provisional NYS law also allows voters to obtain an absentee ballot for the 2022 vote due to concern over exposure to COVID-19.

For more information, contact Deborah Pottenburgh, District Clerk, at 518-392-1501 or pottenburghd@chatham.k12.ny.us.

2022-23 School Budget Vote

Information about our 2022-23 school budget proposal is available on our Budget Information page.