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Schedule, Agendas & Minutes

Board Policies

Committees and Liaisons

Audit Committee

Board meetings are typically on Tuesdays, twice per month, in the Board Room at the District Offices (1239 Van Antwerp Road) beginning at 6 p.m. Some meetings are held at schools across the district.

Meet the board

The Niskayuna Board of Education is a seven-member board elected by the community that is responsible for the governance of the school district. Members serve three-year terms without pay.

 

Rosemarie Perez Jaquith, board president

Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017

E-mail: rperezjaquith@niskyschools.org / Phone: 372-9516

picture of Rosemarie Perez JaquithRosemarie Perez Jaquith, of 1475 Keyes Ave., is serving her first term on the Board. Jaquith is administrative counsel for the New York State Legislative Bill Drafting Commission. In that position, she reviews and negotiates contracts, provides legal support in procurement and other administrative matters, develops internal policies, and represents the Commission in administrative and court proceedings. Jaquith has a bachelor's degree in business from SUNY IT and a juris doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.

Jaquith was a member of the district's 60th Anniversary Committee, the Academic Advisory Committee, and the Facilities Utilization Advisory Committee.

She is on the board of the Niskayuna Booster Club, and is a past co-president of the district PTO Council (2011-13) and past co-secretary of the Van Antwerp PTO (2011-13). Jaquith also served as co-president of the Hillside PTO (2009-11) and helped raise money for the school's playground. She helps organize the annual St. Baldrick's event in Schenectady that raises money for pediatric cancer research.

Jaquith has lived in Niskayuna for 16 years. She and her husband, Grant, have three children: Olivia, a recent Niskayuna High School graduate who attends Marist College; and Isabelle and Colton, who attend Niskayuna High School.

Board Liaison Assignments: Board Policy Review Committee, Friends of Niskayuna Rowing, CAPSBA representative, Hillside Elementary

 

David apkarian, Board Vice President

Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017

E-mail: dapkarian@niskyschools.org / Phone: 783-7155

picture of David ApkarianDavid Apkarian, of 20 Oaktree Lane, is serving his first term on the Board. Apkarian is the CEO of TransTech Systems Inc., and vice chairman of the TransTech Board of Directors. The company is dedicated to revolutionizing the transportation and other industries by providing advanced technological solutions through innovative products and services. Apkarian manages all TransTech divisions and has overseen the internationalization and development of the corporation's product line for the past 15 years. He has a bachelor's degree in business management from Davenport University, with a minor in sales and marketing.

Apkarian is a past president of the Birchwood PTO, a volunteer Niskayuna Rec League soccer coach, chairman of the Unified Military Affairs Council, and chairman of the Chamber of Schenectady Harry Apkarian Memorial Golf Classic. He has served on the board of directors of the St. Clare's Hospital Foundation, the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, and the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

Apkarian has lived in Niskayuna for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Tammy, have three children: Brittany, who attends Western Michigan University; Abigail, a student at Iroquois; and Zackary, who attends Birchwood.

Board Liaison Assignments: Board Audit Committee, Birchwood Elementary

 

Jack Calareso

Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019

E-mail: jcalareso@niskyschools.org

picture of Jack CalaresoJack Calareso, of 847 Hereford Way, Niskayuna, is serving his first term on the Board.

He is the founder and managing partner of The Calareso Law Firm, PLLC.
Calareso has a bachelor's degree in political science from The College of the Holy Cross and a law degree from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

Jack is a past co-president and co-vice president of the Rosendale PTO. He served on the 2013 Facilities Utilization Advisory Committee, and has been a Niskayuna Little League coach, a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region and co-chair of Leadership Tech Valley. Calareso is on the Board of the Capital District YMCA, a member of the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce and a parishioner at St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

He and his wife, JulieAnn, have lived in Niskayuna for 10 years. They have two children: Josie, who attends Iroquois, and Dominic, who attends Rosendale.

Board Liaison Assignments: Board Audit Committee, Board Policy Review Committee, IPAC, NYSSBA Voting member, Rosendale Elementary

 

Nicki Foley

Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019

E-mail: nfoley@niskyschools.org

picture of Nicki FoleyNicki Foley, of 45 Ray Street, Niskayuna, is serving her first term on the Board.

She is the Education Department coordinator for Clarkson University’s Capital Region campus.

She has a bachelor's degree in general arts, elementary education certification from Villanova University and a master’s in education from The College of St. Rose.

Foley is a member of the Niskayuna Education Enrichment Fund Committee. She has served as a PTO Council co-president, Van Antwerp PTO co-president, the high school liaison for Friends of Music, and on various committees at Hillside. Foley is a board member with the Reading is Fun program that is active in Schenectady schools and a lector and religious education teacher at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish.

Foley and her husband, Tim, have lived in the district for 13 years. They have three daughters: Jillian and Regina, who are Niskayuna graduates, and Shannon, who attends Niskayuna High School.

Board Liaison Assignments: District Health Advisory Committee, District Safety Committee, Education Enrichment Fund Committee, Friends of Music, Nisky Cares, Van Antwerp Middle School

 

David Koes

Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018

E-mail: dkoes@niskyschools.org / Phone: 786-8600

picture of David KoesDavid P. Koes, of 17 Pinecrest Drive, is serving his first term on the Board. A district resident for 20 years, he is a licensed associate real estate broker with the Walton Realty Group.

Koes previously held a number of technical and customer service senior leadership roles in the private sector, including 23 years of experience in long-range planning, contract negotiations, root-cause analysis and goal setting in the telecommunications industry. He graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's in business administration.

A former co-president of the PTO Council and Birchwood PTO, Koes' volunteer service within the district has included serving on the superintendent stakeholder interview committee in the spring of 2015, the Academic Advisory Council, the Facilities Utilization Advisory Committee, and the Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation Team. Koes was co-commissioner of the Niskayuna Girls Softball League Rec. Division and has volunteered with the town Department of Parks and Recreation and the Niskayuna Girls Travel Basketball program.

Koes and his wife, Debbie, have a daughter, Kristina, who attends Niskayuna High School.

Board Liaison Assignments: District Safety Committee, Boosters Club, Education Enrichment Fund Committee, N-CAP, Glencliff Elementary, High School

 

Patricia Lanotte

Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019

E-mail: planotte@niskyschools.org / Phone: 669-2012

picture of Pat LanottePatricia Lanotte, of 842 Worcester Drive, is serving her second term on the board. Lanotte is a Senior FP&A Manager at GE Global Research. At GE, she is responsible for budgeting and forecasting, corporate reporting, regulatory compliance and government property administration. In addition, she focuses on eliminating redundancy and non-value added work across global sites. Lanotte has more than 25 years of experience in budgeting, forecasting, and financial planning and analysis, in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining GE, Lanotte spent several years evaluating curriculum and scheduling courses for the University in the High School Program at the University at Albany.

She has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Siena College and is a graduate of the United States Army Defense Language Institute Russian Language Program. Lanotte is a former treasurer of the Rosendale Elementary School PTO, as well as a past member of the school's Shared Decision Making Committee. In 2012, she was leader of the Rosendale Fourth Grade Math Club.

Lanotte has been a district resident for 20 years. She and her husband, Mike, have two children: Anthony, a recent Niskayuna High School graduate, and Lauren, who attends Iroquois.

Board Liaison Assignments: Board Audit Committee, IPAC, Advocacy Committee, Craig Elementary

 

Howard schlossberg

Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018

E-mail: hschlossberg@niskyschools.org / Phone: 393-9139

picture of Howard SchlossbergHoward Schlossberg, of 76 Pheasant Ridge, is serving his first term on the Board. He graduated from Cornell University and earned a medical degree from Temple University. Schlossberg completed a fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University for hematology and oncology.

He served as the secretary on the executive board of his practice, New York Oncology Hematology, and continues as a director while chairing the Technology Committee and serving on the Research, Peer Review, and Pharmacy committees. He also serves on the Schenectady County Public Health Advisory Committee as well as Ellis Medicine committees including Transfusion, Institutional Review, and Oncology.

He has served on the Board of Community Hospice and the Executive Board at Congregation Gates of Heaven. Schlossberg teaches high school students, medical students and residents.

He has lived in the district for a decade and is married to Michelle Ostrelich. They have two daughters, Fiona, who attends Iroquois Middle School, and Rachel, who attend Rosendale Elementary.

Board Liaison Assignments: District Health Advisory Committee, Iroquois Middle School