2020 Board Election

The Catskill Central School District 2020-2021 Budget Vote and Board of Education Election is Tuesday, June 9, 2020. In the interest of public safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voting this year will take place using absentee ballots only, per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order. Every eligible voter will receive an absentee ballot and a postage-paid return envelope in the mail.

There are three candidates running for three seats on the Board of Education, who will appear on the ballot in alphabetical order.

Zebulun Haggerty
Deborah Johnson
Ryan Osswald

The following vacancies are to be filled:

A three year term running July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023, seat presently held by Michael Dedrick.
A three year term running July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023, seat presently held by Deborah Johnson.
A three year term running July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023, seat presently held by Ryan Osswald.

Candidate Information

Our 2020 candidates provided the following information about themselves:

Zebulun Haggerty

I have been a resident of the Catskill School District for the last 15 years.  I currently have two children who are students in Catskill at the Middle and Elementary School campuses.  I am also the Step-Father of two CSD graduates.  I am the Chief Information Officer for Columbia County.  My information technology profession has resulted in 10 years of experience in project management, strategic planning, policy and procedure development, and budgetary planning for multiple departments and projects.  My family has also attended Community Life Church for 8 years where I am currently the Connections (Small Groups) Team Leader and a member of the church Administrative Team.  I have also most recently sat on the CSD Budget Advisory Committee.  All of this experience has taught me that a healthy culture of communication is vital to the success of any organization.  That is why, if I am elected, I will work hard to ensure that the communication between the Board, Administration, Faculty, and Staff is nurtured and respected.  A unified voice is what our children need speaking for them, especially in the wake of this Global Pandemic.  I believe we have some of the best Teachers and Administrative personnel one could ask for.  Together we will continue to cultivate a safe and fiscally prudent environment where our children can become mature, responsible and productive members of society.  Thank you for your consideration.

Deborah Johnson

My name is Deborah (Deb) Johnson.  I have been a teacher, principal, curriculum coordinator and director of curriculum in my 30 year career.  I have taught pre-K, K, grade 1, grade 3, and grade 4, and a ¾ looping class.  I enjoy seeing students succeed.  I have two daughters who attended CCSD from Kindergarten to 12th grade.  Both are college graduates. I have five grandchildren scattered in each building in the District.   My reason for serving on the Board and seeking re-election is to be sure that all of our students have ample opportunities to reach their potential and become productive citizens in life.

Ryan Osswald

Ryan Osswald has lived in Catskill for 20 years with his wife Jennifer and their 2 children.  Ryan has been an employee at Mid Hudson Cablevision for 22 years, employed as a production engineer and director/producer of many of the local programming seen on Cablevision Channel 11 as well as local television commercials.  As an active member of the community Ryan has served as past President and Treasurer of the Catskill Kiwanis Club and was an active member of the club for 20 years. Ryan served as a past board member and President of the Catskill Little League as well as team manager and coach.  Ryan is currently the Scoutmaster for Hudson Boy Scout Troop 102.  Ryan is a graduate of Hudson High School, and holds a Associates from Columbia Greene Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting and Communication from Marist College.

Ryan returned to the board last years as a “write in candidate” and would like to continue his role as a  Catskill School Board Member with the communities support.  Ryan would like to continue to serve due to his strong belief in quality education and as a good steward of the taxpayers in the Catskill School District.   And to provide continuity and support to the Catskill School District during these unprecedented and turbulent times due to the Covid-19 Crisis which has and will continue to impact the Catskill Educational Community.

Ryan’s wife, Jennifer is a Licensed Social Worker; his Son Dylan is currently a senior in the Catskill High School and his Daughter Molly is a current 8th grader at in the Catskill Middle School.   Ryan is fully supported in his run for the Catskill School Board by his family and would be most thankful for the community’s support as well.

Voter Qualifications:

To be eligible to vote you must be:
• A citizen of the United States 18 years of age or older
• A resident of the Catskill Central School District for a period of 30 days or more directly preceding the date of the vote
• Registered to vote with either the School District or the Greene County Board of Elections

Voter Registration

You must be registered with either the County Board of Elections or the Catskill Central School District to vote on the School Budget and Board of Education Election. The voters of the District have approved a system of walk-in voter registration, available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on days when the District Offices at the District Clerk’s Office, 343 West Main Street, Catskill, NY.

Voting By Absentee Ballot

Every eligible voter will receive an absentee ballot and a postage-paid return envelope in the mail. Absentee ballots must be returned to the Office of the Board Clerk not later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the Election and Vote, 343 West Main Street, Catskill, New York.

Anyone who meets the definition of a “qualified voter” but has not registered to vote with either Greene County or the school district must do so to receive an absentee ballot. A qualified voter may register with either the county or with the school district. For information on how to register, please contact the Board Clerk at 518-943-4696 or the Greene County Board of Elections at 518-719-3550.

Applications for absentee ballots may also be applied for at the Office of the Board Clerk, 343 West Main Street, Catskill, New York. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Board Clerk at least seven (7) days prior to the election and vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election if the ballot will be picked up personally by the voter at the Office of the Board Clerk.