After nine years of service on the North Colonie Board of Education, Ann Foster, who has most recently served in the role of Vice-President, has announced her retirement. Foster was elected to the board in 2006, and has served in numerous roles since then, including the audit committee co-chair, budget chair, and budget co-chair.
“Ann Foster has fully dedicated herself as a board of education member to promoting the education of students in North Colonie,” said Superintendent Joseph Corr. “She was passionate about all issues that impacted education, posed thoughtful questions, and truly cared about the future of our district. She will be greatly missed and I wish her the best in all of her future endeavors.”
Foster, a lifelong resident of the Capital Region, graduated from Siena College with a B.A. in Accounting.
She has worked for the NYS Department of Health for 25 years, currently holding the role of Deputy Director for Medicaid. Foster and her husband raised three daughters, all Shaker High School graduates. Her service to North Colonie began when her children were in elementary school at Boght Hills, where she was treasurer and president of the Boght Hills PTA. Foster then went on to serve on the district’s PTA Council as president before entering into her role on the Board of Education. She says her nine years on the board have been one of the best experiences in volunteer work that she’s ever had.
“As a board, we’ve done a lot of great things for North Colonie, and also have had to weather some tough storms,” said Foster. “But what sticks out to me the most, is the professionalism and teamwork my fellow board members have presented in every situation.”
“Ann has been a loyal, dedicated member of the board of education,” added Board of Education President, Linda Harrison. “Her financial expertise and her long-term board experience will be sorely missed. Her commitment to the children and families of North Colonie has been unwavering and is greatly appreciated by her fellow board members and the entire community.”
Foster says she would also like to thank the North Colonie administrators she has worked with throughout the years.
“The relationship with the superintendents in North Colonie has been a wonderful, positive experience. Being on the board has taught me a lot, and there’s a lot you don’t know until you begin. Even though I won’t be a board member anymore, I will remain very interested in the school district and its future.”
The board has solicited interest from an individual in the community who is willing to complete the remainder of Foster’s term, which ends June 30, 2016. Should any other community member have an interest in serving in this seat, please respond in writing to Janice Patrie, clerk of the North Colonie Board of Education, at the address of 91 Fiddlers Lane, Latham, NY. Since the beginning of the new school year is approaching quickly, we ask that any interested candidates respond by 4:00 p.m., August 21, 2015.