Save the Date!
VOTE. It’s what Democrats do. School Board Elections are Tuesday, May 17. Not going to be here? Download an absentee ballot request here.
Read more for voting hours in your town. Remember, School election is seen by Albany as an indicator of community support for our schools.
Andes Central School: 2pm-8pm
Charlotte Valley Central School: Noon-8pm
Delaware Academy and Central School: Noon-8pm
South Kortright: Noon-8pm
If you won’t be here on May 17, 2022, you can apply for an absentee ballot… but don’t wait. May 17 is coming fast. Click below to download an application.
Delaware Academy and Central School
In Delhi, we encourage you to support the following candidates. We are including their background here:
I am Lauren O’Leary and I am officially on the ballot for Delaware Academy School Board. I have lived in Meredith with my husband and three daughters for the past five years. I have been searching for a supportive community my whole life and I have found it here in Delhi and I am grateful to have finally found a place to call home. I look forward to serving this community on the Board of Education where I can bring my unique skill set to help support and improve an already stellar school district.
As a mother and community member, there is nothing more important to me than our school system. I will be a representative that cares about every single child in the school from the athletes to the artists, to the academic club members, and to those students who feel they have not found their place or need additional assistance. I am skilled at creating annual plans that satisfy multiple objectives, allocating funds and negotiating to ensure very dollar is valued. I am also an excellent communicator and have years of experience presenting complicated marketing information to the public and dealing with crisis management. I value honesty and transparency above all else.
I hold an English Degree Summa Cum Laude from The University of Colorado and earned my Associate’s Degree from SUNY Delhi’s Culinary School in 2020. Before moving upstate I was Vice President of Beauty at several Public Relation firms in Manhattan. In this role I was in charge of managing multi-million dollar budgets for clients such as L’Oreal and Proctor & Gamble. My time as a publicist has taught me how to research, problem solve, communicate, and perform on tight deadlines and budgets. You have seen this first hand in my work with W.I.D.E., a women’s group I co-founded in 2020.
The goal of W.I.D.E is to enrich the lives of every kid in Delaware County through literature and the arts. Since its inception we have provided grants to the teachers and library at Delaware Academy and have started an educational program at the community libraries in Delhi, Andes and Walton with crafts and free books. We have sponsored holiday events for the entire community to enjoy such as our June World WIDE Family Festival and last year’s inaugural Menorah Lighting and Hanukah Party. We organized craft and bake sale booths to help bring back the Christmas Parade bigger and better than ever. I also volunteer on the Fair on the Square committee and I am excited to share with you, the new ideas we have to revitalize this amazing 49 year old tradition.
As your Board of Education committee member, I will work tirelessly to make sure all your needs are being heard and represented. I am excited for this opportunity to not just talk about what our students need, but to put in the actual work to achieve it. Although, I could live anywhere, I choose to live here and I hope you will give me yet another opportunity to serve this amazing community.
Sean Leddy Sean is currently seeking re-election on the Board of Education. He is honored to have been a Trustee for the last three years and would love to contribute his time and experience to the District; where he will be an advocate for the continuous improvement of outcomes for all Delaware Academy students and staff.
Sean and his wife, Stacey, are both graduates of Delaware Academy. They returned to Delhi six years ago with their two children, Dylan (14) and Marley (11) whom both attend Delaware Academy.
During his first term he was privileged to serve on a variety of subcommittees where he gained a thorough understanding of the district. Sean was privileged to be involved in the decision of hiring our current Superintendent, Mrs. Zimmerman.
He guided the Capital Projects Committee throughout the implementation phase of the current project; while planning for the next and led the district toward securing grant revenues to reduce project costs.
On the Board Liaison committee, he worked to improve communication between the faculty/staff, the administration, and the board.
Serving on the Reopening Committee, he contributed to the reopening plan and pressed for the district to lobby our state politicians to reopen the school. He emphatically supported the establishment of the new Pre-K program. During his first term the board has successfully negotiated several major contracts and delivered consistently conservative budgets.
As a Professional Landscape Architect with over twenty years of planning and design experience he shares an extensive knowledge of government rules and regulations as they pertain to school districts, a thorough understanding of how to promote the health, safety, and welfare, and the ability to identify potential grant opportunities.
Sean is a strong advocate for quality public education and understands the importance of representing the entire district.