Capella, Hudson elected to BSD board

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BENNINGTON — Meridy Capella and Jodie Hudson have been elected to serve on the Bennington School District Board.

Hudson received 1,208 votes, Capella received 955, and the third candidate, Katrina Snide, received 947.

Capella was running for the seat she had held for a year after she ran unopposed for the remaining term of Genevieve Plunkett's vacated seat. The second seat had been held by George Sleeman, who decided not to run for re-election. The other members of the board are chairman Chris Murphy, vice-chairwoman Chaila Sekora, Jackie Kelly, Dan Monks and Jackie Prue.

"I have been here long enough to see the changes our community is going through and feel strongly about seeing it through to the other side," said Capella prior to the election. "I have two children at elementary school age and I think this affords me a unique perspective as a board member... I'm deeply rooted in the community as I've lived here for 25 years. I served on the Bennington School Board from 2009-2011. I'm a property owner and business owner... If elected back into this position, my goal would be to continue to represent the parents and students of our community on our board," she said. "I do not have a background in education but I do have a passion for making sure our children are given the best possible opportunities that we can afford them. I think the best way to achieve this goal is by supporting our teachers and administrators."

"I have been an elementary teacher in Bennington County for 15 years," said Hudson. "While in the BSD, I taught 2nd grade at Molly Stark Elementary as well as (first and second grades) at Bennington Elementary. As a candidate for a school board, it is important to share that I have a master's degree in education and am a Vermont licensed educator. I have seen firsthand how decisions made by the BSD board and district level administrators directly impact our students and the quality of their daily education. I am the ideal candidate for the BSD school board because I have worked within BSD schools and understand what these schools need to be safe, nurturing, and thriving learning environments. It is my hope that Bennington voters will give me the opportunity to use my teaching and leadership experience to help the BSD board better understand what families and schools truly need to be successful."

The board's March meeting has been cancelled due to Wednesday's predicted inclement weather and will be re-scheduled.

Derek Carson can be reached at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com, at @DerekCarsonBB on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 122.

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