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Board of Education (a.k.a. BOE)

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GCS Board of Education Policies as well as Meeting dates, agendas, minutes, and related documents (starting from August 31, 2022) are available to the public and found on BoardDocs (click on the BoardDocs logo above for a link).  

Annual Public Budget Hearing, Meet the Candidates Night, and Annual Budget Vote/BOE Member Election

Annual Public Budget Hearing:
The annual Public Budget Hearing to review the 2024-25 school budget will be held in the Middle School/High School Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2024.

Meet the Candidates Night:
There will be a Meet the Candidates Night, hosted by the Greene CSD Board of Education, on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School/High School Auditorium.  This event will give community members a chance to meet Board of Education candidates that will be running to fill the three (3) BOE vacancies.  Natalie McMahon and Brian Milk currently hold two seats, both of which will expire on June 30, 2024.  A third seat is vacant due to the resignation of Seth Barrows.  

The two people with the highest number of votes at the May 21, 2024 election will fill the two (2) expiring board seats, which are for three-year terms (July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2027). The resignation vacancy will be filled by the person with the third highest votes. This will be a shorter term, with the candidate taking office immediately after the election (May 22, 2024) and serving for the remainder of the unexpired term (through June 30, 2025).

In alphabetical order, the following candidates are running for the Board of Education:  Christopher Austin, Sherwood Fendryk, and Brian Milk.  See below for their individual Candidate Statements.

GCS Budget Vote & School Board Member Election:
The annual Budget Vote and School Board Member Election will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in the Auditorium lobby from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Eligible voters will decide who should fill the three (3) vacancies on the G.C.S. Board of Education, in addition to voting on the upcoming school budget.

There will also be a Transportation proposition on the ballot.  Greene Central School District looks to replace necessary buses each year, usually after a minimum of ten (10) years of service and/or with over 100,000 miles of driving.  This replacement plan keeps our vehicles safe for our students and minimizes annual maintenance costs.  This year we would like to purchase two (2) 65 passenger gasoline school buses with camera systems, one van, and one SUV, at a total cost not to exceed $413,182.

  To qualify as a voter within the Greene Central School District, a person must fulfill all the following requirements:
   1.  Be a citizen of the United States of America.
   2.  Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.                                                                            
   3.  Be a resident within the School District for a period of at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which he or she offers to vote, and who is not otherwise prohibited from voting under the provisions of section 5-106 of the Election Law. 

Regarding residency, owning a home in a school district does not necessarily make the owner a district resident for purposes of being considered a qualified voter eligible to participate in a school district annual or special school district meeting or election.  ("A person may have only one legal residence or domicile, and that is the place where such person intends to have his or her permanent residence or home.")

No person shall be determined ineligible to vote by reason of race, creed, color, or sex, who has other qualifications in this section.

April 2024 BOE Candidate Statements

Candidates have been asked to provide a brief statement in 250 words or less as to why they are interested in becoming a member of the Greene Central School Board of Education.  The Board Clerk has posted the statements as she received them and in the order the candidates will appear on the ballot for the May 21, 2024 Budget Vote and Board Member Election Please note that the statements from each candidate have been posted as they were submitted and were not edited in any manner except to create a uniform font. 

Brian Milk:  
Hello, my name is Brian Milk.  I am running for my 4th term on the Greene Central School Board of Education.  I am running again because I have a love for the community and the kids of our school district.  I would like to continue my work with the budget for the school which will not get easier every year.  I also feel with most of the board of education being newer members and having a new superintendent that my years of experience will be helpful moving forward.  I continue to want to do what is best for all staff in our school district.  I also want to see what is best for all students whether their path turns into a college or career ready after graduation.  I'm formerly and currently involved in many other programs in our community which included former President of the touchdown club and current board member of the JRC.  I will always make myself available for any questions regarding the School District from anyone in the community.  I would respectfully ask the community to please continue supporting me for the next 3 years as a BOE member.  
Sherwood Fendryk:
My Name is Sherwood L. Fendryk.   I am a lifetime resident of Greene, a 2003 High School Graduate from GCS, and I am looking to give back to my community by being elected to the School Board of Education.  I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Sacred Heart University all while continuing my athletic career in wrestling.  I graduated as a 2x D1 Academic All-American and NCAA qualifier with the plan to continue my career at the Olympic level.  I was training at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado to reach this goal but unfortunately my plans changed after I was involved in a motorcycle accident in 2007 resulting in the amputation of the lower half of my left leg.   During rehabilitation, I learned to ski adaptively and through it, I had the incredible opportunity to train and ski with the adaptive Olympic ski team from 2008-2010.  My wife Erika and I are proud community members, and we are currently raising two wonderful children who are enrolled in the elementary school.  Since 2007, I have dedicated my time to fundraising and coaching for various sports programs in our community.  Notably, I have been coaching both youth and varsity wrestling for a long time here in Greene.  I truly appreciate your continuous support and encouragement, which have been instrumental in my personal and professional journey to become a future board member of the Greene Central School district.
Christopher Austin:
Hello my name is Christopher Austin and I am seeking a term on the Greene Central Board of Education. I have lived in Greene most of my life. I have previously served on this board for many years and I am looking to return. 
During my time on the board I worked with a team of members that accompanied many thing such as lower taxes and putting up a proposal for additions one of which included the swimming pool which was a major leap forward for Greene.
I wound ask for your vote to place me back on the board. I look forward to working with a team of  board members and professionals to make sure Greene is a leader in the future for all those that pass through those great doors.
I think a public education is one of the greatest gifts you can give. I like to think that children educated here go on to do great things in the world. Being in a small town really has its perks and one is their school system 
Best wishes
Christopher Austin 

Current Board Members

Douglas Markham, President

     My name is Doug Markham.  I am a graduate of Holland Patent Central School District and Herkimer Community College.  I moved to Greene in 1998 and was first elected to the GCS Board of Education in 2017.  Two of my children have already graduated from Greene – Ryan (Class of 2016) and Dustin (Class of 2020) — and Sarah is part of the Class of 2023. All three of them enjoyed attending Greene Central School since Pre-Kindergarten. I have been the GCS Booster Club President for several years. I am proud to have previously served the Greene community as a volunteer for the JRC and youth athletics, having served on their Board as well as coaching soccer, basketball, and baseball.  I am also proud to be your current GCS Board member.  I am always pleased to hear from the community and staff members and strive to represent our community to the best of my abilities.


Brian Milk, Vice President

     My name is Brian Milk.  I was first elected to the Board of Education in 2015.  I graduated from Oxford Academy and Central Schools in 1997. I have worked for the Chenango County Highway Department since 1997, where I am a heavy equipment operator and drive plow truck in the winter. I live in the Town of Greene with my family.  My two daughters have graduated from GCS and my son is currently a Senior at GCS.  I have been a member of the JRC Board since 2012 and previously coached youth softball and Little League.  I also coached youth football for 7 years and was the President of the Greene Trojans Touchdown Club for 4 years.  You may also see me working at Woodview Farms where I do a variety of different jobs.


(Due to the resignation of Seth Barrows, a PARTIAL TERM IS TO BE FILLED at the May 21, 2024 Budget Vote & BOE Member Election.)



Natalie McMahon

     My name is Natalie McMahon, and I was elected to the GCS Board of Education in 2021.  I graduated from Greene Central School in 2000 and continued my athletic career playing field hockey and obtaining my bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York at Oneonta. My husband and I have made Greene our home with our two children, both students in the Greene School District.  I have been employed at The Raymond Corporation since 2014 in National Accounts, working with some of the organization’s largest customers. I have been involved in the community with coaching youth sports such as soccer, tee ball, basketball, and field hockey. In 2022 I started as the Co-Director of the Youth Field Hockey program.  I am honored to further support our community and our youth by serving on the Board of Education.


                                Kenneth Pickard

     My name is Ken Pickard.  I have been a resident of Greene since 1993, and a business owner since 2014.  My children graduated from Greene, I have grandchildren in school now, and we live in the Village of Greene.  I have been on the Board of Education since July 2022 and look forward to the rest of my term. 


                                  Renee Rideout

     My name is Renee Rideout, and I was elected in October 2023 to the Board of Education.  I graduated from Windsor High School in 1994 and then went on to college for Physical Therapy and have passionately worked since 1999 as a PTA in outpatient orthopedics and home care.  My husband and I have proudly raised 2 children in the Greene Central School District.  My daughter graduated from Greene Central School in 2023 and my son will graduate in 2026.  I have volunteered coaching youth softball and basketball for the JRC.  I have served as a youth leader in a local church in Greene for over 20 years.  I am excited to serve on the board and advocate for the youth of this community and be a support system to teachers, parents and caregivers.  


                                      Emily Riggs

     My name is Emily Riggs.  I grew up in Greene and graduated in 2004.  I am currently working towards my bachelor's degree in nursing at SUNY Broome Community College.  My husband and I have six children, five of whom are of school age.  We are invested in the district and community.  I was elected to the board in May 2023.  I am honored to be a part of the school board, and I am excited to see what my first term has in store.