Four candidates seek BOE seats

Four candidates seek BOE seats
Posted on 05/01/2024
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During the annual school budget vote on Tuesday, May 21, voters will consider four candidates for two Board of Education seats, each of which carries a three-year term.

All board seats are considered "at large" rather than for a specific seat. 

The four candidates are: Paige Bulmer, Dominga Lent, Roberta Wilding and Aimee Yorke.

The vote will take place Tuesday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Hall of Flags at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, by absentee ballot or by early mail voter ballot. 

For questions related to the vote, absentee ballots or early mail voter ballots, please call Lydia VanEvera, district clerk, at 518-234-4032 x2000.

We are pleased to provide personal profile information provided by the candidates: 

Paige Bulmer

Paige Bulmer profile
Paige Bulmer is seeking her first term on the board. She and her husband Patrick have one child, PJ, who attends Golding Middle School. She has lived in the district for the past 13 years.
Bulmer holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in social work. She currently works as the office manager for Cobleskill United Methodist church, where she assists with creating weekly service bulletins, presentations, coordination of outside groups, the food pantry and managing emails and phone calls.
She has worked as a substitute at C-R since 2018 and currently serves as the Friends of Music president and volunteer coordinator for CREST. She also served on the 2024 Citizens Budget Committee. 
“I am running to serve on the school board because I want to be able to represent parents, students and staff fairly, particularly when it comes to the budgeting process,” said Bulmer.
“I have started to learn in the past year about how this process works and knowing that our school may be facing some really challenging fiscal years, I hope that my involvement will prove to be beneficial. I am a proponent of transparency and open dialogue between the school board and community members.”

Dominga Lent

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Dominga Lent is seeking her third term on the board. She and her husband Mike have three children - Rebekah, Michaela and Michael Jr. all of whom graduated from C-RCSD. She has lived in the district for 46 years. She currently works for Optum Insights as an advisory services senior consultant, where she supports Bassett Healthcare’s lab and operating room electronic medical records systems.
She holds a degree in histology from SUNY Cobleskill. She currently serves on the C-R Health and Safety Committee and has previously served on the C-R Technology Advisory Committee. 
She also volunteers with the high school theater, assisting with the high school musical production, graduation and other events.  Lent is an EMT and serves as secretary for the Cobleskill Rescue Squad. She is also assistant treasurer and plays flute for the worship team at Calvary Assembly of God.
“I have enjoyed serving on the Board of Education for the last six years. I was able to serve as we navigated through the pandemic and as we continue to recover,” said Lent. I enjoyed the process of evaluating superintendent candidates and choosing the best candidate for our community,” said Lent. 
I am an alumni, as are my parents, husband and children. I enjoy the opportunity to use my life experiences and skills to help shape the school district that my grandchildren will soon be attending. I plan to be sure that every student continues to have the opportunity to succeed in any area they desire.” 

Roberta Wilding

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Roberta Wilding seeks her first term on the board. She and her husband David have two children, Ananda, a 2023 C-RCSD graduate, and Maddie, who attends Golding Middle School. Wilding has lived in the district for the past 27 years. 
Wilding is co-founder and executive director of Clean+Healthy. She holds a bachelor of science in environmental science and a master’s degree in ecological economics, values and policy. 
She served on the 2024 Citizens Budget Committee and is a member of Friends of Music. In the community, she serves as treasurer for the Theater Project of Schoharie County. 
"It is a challenging time for public education. Serving on the Citizens Budget Committee this year, I realized that my 20+ experience as an advocate and nonprofit executive director, including in program and budget development and implementation could be valuable to the district,” said Wilding.
“I'm a problem-solver at heart, and I want to bring those skills to support the success and well-being of our students, teachers, and community. I serve on numerous advisory boards, including the NYS Children's Environmental Health Centers and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute, and coordinate diverse statewide coalitions - I know how to work with people with different perspectives to achieve common goals.”
“At the end of the day, I love my kids and this community, and I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to help ensure C-RCSD, our teachers, and most importantly our students thrive.”

Aimee Yorke

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Aimee Yorke is seeking her third term on the board. She and her husband Timothy have three children - Rachel and Zachary, both C-RCSD alumni, and Benjamin, who attends C-R High School. She has lived in the district for the past 40 years. 
She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in teaching. She currently teaches seventh grade Spanish at Lynch Middle School.
Yorke serves on the C-R Facilities and Strategic Planning Committees and the Citizens Budget Committee. She is also the president of the C-R All Sports Booster Club. She is a volunteer mentor for TREP$ and volunteers for the summer lunch program.
“I have served on the C-RCS Board of Education for the past six years. I am an educator and believe it is important to have an educator on the board who can offer a perspective that others may not. I have been an outspoken board member during some difficult times - COVID, hiring a new superintendent, tough budget years - and I believe I have been able to ask questions and contribute honestly and fairly to reach the right decisions for C-RCS students, staff and community members,” said Yorke.
“I would like to continue this work to support the district that I love. As a graduate, parent and community member, it is important to me to see the success of our schools through future generations.”