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As the 2017-18 school year winds down, the Bethlehem Central School District will say farewell to two longtime Board of Education members who have decided not to run for re-election in May.
Lynne Lenhardt has served on the Board of Education for 30 years. First elected in 1988, Lenhardt — who is currently the board’s vice-president — has held many leadership roles in the district and beyond. She also serves as president of the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education and was elected to the New York State School Boards Association Board of Directors in 2001, where she was the state association’s president in 2013 and 2014. This spring, she was honored as the Citizen of the Year by the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce during its 33rd Annual Awards Dinner.
Charmaine Wijeyesinghe has served on the Bethlehem Central Board of Education for nine years. She is a former vice-president of the board and has provided leadership as a member of several district and board committees. Wijeyesinghe is a past recipient of the NYSSBA Master of Boardsmanship Award which recognizes individuals who continually strive to expand their knowledge and skills for better board governance.
Both are concluding three-year terms that end June 30, 2018. District voters will chose their replacements on Tuesday, May 15, when they vote on the district budget and a proposition to purchase new busses.
“Both Dr. Wijeyesinghe and Ms. Lenhardt have dedicated countless hours to the BC community and have provided valuable guidance, leadership and grace in their service to the Board of Education,” said Superintendent Jody Monroe. “We wish them the very best in their future endeavors and thank them for being such steadfast champions of education here in Bethlehem.”