Candidates running for Board of Education

Four candidates are running to fill three spots on the RCS Board of Education. Successful candidates will serve on the board for three years. The candidates, listed below in alphabetical order, were asked to supply profile information. RCS residents will cast their vote for the three new board members on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 during the annual school district budget vote.

The candidates will be listed on the ballot in alphabetical order: Jason Hyslop, Tracy Klein, Mike Robbins, Yvonne Shackelton.

Jason HyslopJason Hyslop

Family Information: Wife and two children.

Employment: Business Process Leader at Sabic in Feura Bush. Responsible for SAP improvements, master data and authorizations.

Educational Background: High School Regents Diploma; 2 years of college at Hudson Valley Community College.

Any RCS district or school committees involved with: “I will be finishing up my second term as a RCS Board of Education member. I am currently the vice president of the board of education.”

Community activities groups or activities involved with: “I focus all of my time and energy on all activities associated with my children and being a member of the school board. I will also volunteer at miscellaneous community functions.”

Brief statement explaining why you want to be a member of the RCS Board of Education: “I am currently finishing up my second full term on the board of education. At this time I am the vice president. Over the past six years our district has gone through a lot of changes both with regards to government mandates and organizationally. As we finish up our capital project, we still have a lot of needs. I hope to be able to continue to serve on the board to assure we stay on the best path for the kids and community.”

Tracy KleinTracy Klein

Family Information: Husband and two children.

Employment: New York State Office of Information Technology Services as a Business Systems Analyst.  Klein has worked at the  Department of Labor for over 26 years, currently as a lead analyst in the Unemployment Insurance benefits applications area.

Educational Background: RCS graduate; Bachelors in Business Management from St. John Fisher College.

Any RCS district or school committees involved with: “I was a PBC PTO member, currenly a RCS MS PTSO member.”

Community activities groups or activities involved with: “Served as a board member for HVLL, served as a board member for Ravena Youth Basketball league.”

Brief statement explaining why you want to be a member of the RCS Board of Education: “I graduated from RCS in 1987, went to college and moved out of the district. Now, I am living back in the district and have children that attend the very same schools I did.  I want to take on a more active role in helping to create an environment for not only my kids, but for all  students to succeed, grow individually and be prepared for their next step.  I am hoping to become a positive voice, who listens and encourages collaboration and new ideas.  I want to advocate for all of our children and help to ensure accountability and that decisions are made with the best interests of our students and the community in mind, making a difference for future generations.”

Mike RobbinsMike Robbins

Family Information: Wife and four children.

Employment: Parts Manager at Greenville Saw Service. Oversee parts sales, service parts, shipping and receiving.

Educational Background: RCS graduate; Studied civil engineering at Hudson Valley Community College.

Any RCS district or school committees involved with: “(My wife) is room mom for 2 children at Pieter B. Coeymans.”

Community activities groups or activities involved with: “Just work six days a week and spend time with family. Recently went to father/daughter dance at Pieter B. Coeymans with two youngest daughters.”

Brief statement explaining why you want to be a member of the RCS Board of Education: “I would like to volunteer my time on our school board while emphasizing protecting taxpayer investments, holding district administration accountable, demand high expectations of those with large salaries and most importantly ensure we do the best we can at educating of children. This will be done with inclusion and good communication.”

Yvonne ShackeltonYvonne Shackelton

Family Information: Husband and two children.

Employment: Reporting analyst for United Health Care.

Educational Background: Graduated from Coxsackie-Athens; attended Columbia-Greene Community College and The College of St. Rose with coursework in accounting.

Any RCS district or school committees involved with: none

Community activities groups or activities involved with: “Served on the committees for Cub Scouts and Boy Scout Pack/Troop 1067.”

Brief statement explaining why you want to be a member of the RCS Board of Education: “I’ve been a district resident, along with my husband, Geoff, for over 20 years. Our two sons have grown and thrived in the RCS school system. As a parent and as a member of the community, I’m familiar with many of the strengths and challenges facing our district and I’ve been paying attention on how others in the community feel about these matters. A data analyst by trade, I also value the facts that numbers and statistics can provide. I’d like to be a member of the board of education because I want to be a voice for my children and their peers as well as for the residents of the district who have an interest in seeing the school system succeed and excel. My goal as a future board of education member is to leverage my community insights and my interpretation of relevant data to help make balanced, solid decisions that will benefit our students and, by extension, our community.”