May 8 Meet the Candidates Night

The 2024 Meet the Candidates Night will be held right after the 7 p.m. public budget hearing on Wednesday, May 8 in the Middle School Cafeteria. Residents can attend in person or watch the livestream through the district’s YouTube channel.

Three candidates are vying for two open seats on the Board of Education. The seats each carry three-year terms and are unpaid. The candidates will be in this order on the ballot based on a random drawing: David Massaro, Harold “Hal” Talbot, and Chad Roberts.

The election will be held on Tuesday, May 21 during the school budget vote from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the B-wing gym at the high school.

David Massaro is seeking a third term on the board. He is a Deputy Chief in the City of Schenectady Fire Department. Mr. Massaro holds associate degrees in Emergency Management and Fire Protection Technology from SUNY Schenectady, an associate degree in Emergency Medicine from HVCC, and an associate degree in Fire Science from Eastern Gateway Community College. He has coached several youth athletic groups, including Little League Baseball, S-G Girls Softball, Tartan Youth Lacrosse, Tartan Basketball, S-G Junior Tartans Youth Football, and Highland Youth Soccer. He is currently the assistant scoutmaster for Scout Troop 3062 at Sacandaga and serves as the county coordinator for the Capital Region Toys for Tots Campaign. Mr. Massaro has been recognized for his service on multiple occasions, including receiving the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for Heroism in 2009, the Harriet C. Weber EMS Leadership Award in 2000 and 2016, the S-G Founders Day award in 2020 and the Jacob Morton Masonic Award for Community Service in 2021. He and his wife, Sherry, have two children, Ayla and Jacob, who both attend Scotia-Glenville. Mr. Massaro has been living in the community for 20 years.

Harold “Hal” Talbot is currently serving as the Board of Education President in his second term and is seeking re-election for a third term. He has lived in Scotia-Glenville for more than 30 years. Mr. Talbot is a 2023 recipient of the PTA Council’s Honorary Life Membership Founders Day Award for student advocacy. He is actively involved in sports, serving as the Director of Football for the S-G Junior Tartans and he coaches the S-G Junior Tartans team. Mr. Talbot works as the General Sales Manager at Fogg’s Automotive in Burnt Hills. Through his work, he volunteers and helps raise money and awareness for Things Of My Very Own, the City Mission of Schenectady, Double H Ranch, the American Cancer Society, and various veterans organizations. Mr. Talbot graduated from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School in 1989 and holds an associate degree from Schenectady County Community College. He has also studied at SUNY Albany and has earned several business certifications. He and his wife, Jodi, have two children and a black lab, Milo. His son Dylan is studying business at Siena College, and Austin “AT,” is a junior at SGHS.

Chad Roberts is a retired Army military police officer and a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is running for his first term on the board and has been a resident of Scotia since 2019. Currently, Mr. Roberts is the Scotia-Glenville PTA Council President and the Glen-Worden PTA President. Previously, he served as the Glen-Worden Elementary PTA Vice President and has also volunteered at the NYS PTA level as a communications secretary. Mr. Roberts is an active member of the SGCSD Committee on Special Education and dedicates his time to his community as a Scotia Rotarian. He has been awarded several military honors, including the Combat Action Badge, Iraqi Campaign Medal (with three campaign stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with one campaign star), and the Air Assault Badge. Mr. Roberts graduated from Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, SC and is an honor graduate of United States Army leadership schools. He has one child in the district named Evan, who is a 4th-grade student at Glen-Worden Elementary.