BOE candidate bios

During the budget vote on May 18, there are also two candidates running for one seat on the Board of Education. The seat holds a five-year term set to commence on July 1, 2021. The candidates are Patricia Prime and David Nightingale Sr.

Please see the bios below:

Patricia Prime

“I have been a teacher here at Canjo for 38 years and will be retiring this June.  I grew up in Canajoharie and graduated from CHS in 1978. Some of you may remember me by my maiden name of Jones, or knew my brother Mike or my sister Beth.  I am married to John Prime and we have two children Kelly and Max who are all grown and off living their lives. I have had experience working as a treasurer for the PTA, been on numerous committees, such as the reorganizational committee and the merger committees, as well as policy committees dealing with homework and class rank.  I have been Co-president of the school employees union for a few years and know what is involved in being an advocate for people.  I feel I would be a good advocate for parents’ issues.  I have also played a similar role as a consistory member at my church where we oversaw the needs of the pastor, members and infrastructure. I have been a student, parent, and teacher for this district for nearly 50 years and feel that running for the Board of Education is the next logical step. With a new administration, a number of new teachers coming in over  the next five years, and the changes coming to our town, it is a very exciting time. I would like to be a part of it all.  I hope you will find me a suitable candidate for school board member.”

David Nightingale Sr.

“I am running for a seat on the Canajoharie School Board because I want to serve and support the Canajoharie Central School District. I am a proud Canajoharie alumni, a hands-on parent of two children that attend East Hill Elementary, and Vice President of the Canajoharie PTA. I work for the New York State Thruway Authority and am a member of the Town of Root Planning Board. I also involved with my children’s athletic activities and serve as VP of the Canajoharie Little League, and coach two teams. I am also a coach for their flag football teams. I am an active problem solver, good listener, and work well with others. When I heard about the opening on the school board I was very interested in making a direct impact on the education of the youth in our district.  I believe strongly that I can make a difference if elected to the school board and would work hard to be an active participant. I would take the accountability seriously and would strive to ensure through my actions on the board that all children are given an equal opportunity for the excellent education that our school is prided for. I think that I have what it takes to help our school continue to succeed while managing the school budget and the ever changing guidelines in place.”