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Candidate Profile: Bloomingdale BOE Member Rich Dellaripa

Hear what your candidate has to say about why he is running for a seat on the board of education.

Member Rich Dellaripa is currently completing his first term, which he was appointed to, and said he is because he feels that being on the board helps him give back to his community.

Dellaripa said it concerns him that so few people have shown interest in being on the board, and that it appears to have been a "chronic problem" over the past few years. 

"We've been accused of having a revolving door membership on the board," he said. The three seats that will be open this election are Dellaripa's, Renee' DeJohn's, who has moved out of district, and Winifred O'Leary's.

Dellaripa is the only candidate who filed a nominating petition to run for the board of education in April. The other two seats will be able to be filled by write-in candidates.

The greatest challenge of the board this year, in Dellaripa's opinion, is being faced with the task to select an  for the district and principal, as Dr. Fredda Rosenberg will be retiring this June. 

"One of the most important things a board can do is choose the superintendent," he said.

Dellaripa said that choosing the principal for the Walter T. Bergen School is an equally difficult task, as he has seen even with his own children how much students change in the transition between 8th grade and high school.

"There's an educational foundation that's built in the first few grades," he said. "But they become themselves and they grow into young adulthood during that time at [the Walter T. Bergen School], so it's very important to have someone good in that position."


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