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Two candidates seeking seats on the Board of Education

April 26, 2021

On Tuesday, May 18, Green Island residents will elect candidates to three-year terms, without compensation, to the Board of Education. Two candidates, Don McManus and Andrea Ryan, are running for reelection on the Board of Education. A third seat remains vacant after the departure of Elijah Legault. Each term begins on July 1, 2021.

Don McManus is seeking reelection to the Board of Education. McManus earned his Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees from the University at Albany.

McManus retired after working in Heatly for 33 years. He was a teacher, coach and advisor. In his spare time, he is an officer of the Elks Lodge #1500 and a vagaband club officer.

“My heart is with the school,” said McManus. “I want it to be the best it can be. I want what is best for the students and the citizens of Green Island.”

Andrea Ryan is seeking reelection to the Board of Education. Ryan earned her Bachelor of Arts in English secondary education and Master of Arts in literary studies from the University at Albany.

Ryan has worked at Unity House of Troy, Inc., a large, multi-faceted non-profit that serves the Capital Region, for 13 years. As the compliance officer, she oversees the agency’s compliance and ethics program, which ensures the agency is in compliance with the rules and regulations of numerous regulatory and licensing agencies and oversees the incident management program and internal and external audit functions. She also serves as the agency’s privacy and security officer, ensuring the agency meets confidentiality, physical, technical, and administrative requirements pursuant to HIPAA, HITECH, FERPA, VAWA, Article 27-f, NYS Mental Hygiene Law, and NYS Shield Act requirements.

Ryan has served on the GIUFSD Board of Education since July 2013 and has served as Board President since July 2016. She currently sits on the board’s audit and policy committees. She also coached Green Island’s girls CYO basketball for four years.

“I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to serve on the GIUFSD’s Board of Education over the last 8 years, and I would be honored to serve another term,” said Ryan. The board, superintendent, administration, faculty and staff of Heatly are working hard to meet the district’s goals and improve the quality of educational opportunities for our learners, and I am deeply committed to continuing this important work.”