WARRENSBURG-For many decades, Warrensburg residents have focused a lot of attention on school board politics, and this year's race is no exception.
Incumbent Board of Education member Linda Baker Marcella, a real estate broker and owner of Spruce Mountain Farm, is being challenged by Terri Leguire, a stay-at-home mother who has been active in a variety of community efforts.
Marcella, who's served on the board for five years, said she's seeking re-election because she and other board members are now in the midst of various efforts to enhance local secondary education, and she wants to finish the tasks at hand.
"I've worked very hard to bring about positive changes in the past five years, and I feel the job isn't done yet," she said.
Leguire said she wants to bring a new voice to the board and put her attributes of teamwork building, leadership, dedication and community involvement to work.
"I am committed to making decisions that are in the best interests for our students, our community, and the school district," she said.
Marcella said her extensive management and business background equip her to analyze issues and help make the best decisions on behalf of the community. She has gained a reputation of thoroughness in her analysis of school district expenditures and getting the most out of every dollar spent - plus suggesting cost-efficient measures.
Marcella's been a real estate broker for 29 years, and now owns and operates Adirondack Real Estate LLC. She's also worked as a stockbroker for an investment firm. Also, Marcella has run divisions for large companies, preparing budgets and overseeing staff, she said. Marcella is a 1965 Warrensburg High School graduate , and she received a BA degree from SUNY Albany.
"I bring experience to the table," she said. "The bottom line is, I really care about all the parties involved, including the taxpayers who are going to be asked to pay for the school district's educational programs."