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February 22, 2013

Pelham seeks School Board candidate

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Gellar got his name on the ballot in the closing moments of the filing period back on Feb. 1.

He formally announced his candidacy to residents in a posting on the town’s electronic message board last weekend.

Gellar, a database developer, moved to Pelham with his family seven years ago. His children attend the high school and middle school.

Gellar is active with a Pelham civic group, ACES – Awareness for Community and Education Support.

“If elected, I intend to approach issues with an open mind,” Gellar told residents.

“Although much of my opinion has been shaped by my experiences as a parent and taxpayer, I believe it’s equally important to listen to and understand all perspectives if we are to move forward,” he said.

Gellar said the district needs to deliver a 21st century curriculum in a quality environment, while remaining mindful of the tax burden.

Hardy has served three years and pushed a high school project with Ducharme that was narrowly rejected by voters. For him, the challenge and service were worthwhile.

“Personally, my first year on the board is where I felt my contribution was most needed,” Hardy said.

“As chairman, I had to run a meeting while not allowing attacks to be levied against fellow board members as well as not reacting to those directed at me,” he said.

“It was not easy, but phone calls and emails from the public and backup from Andy always kept me going,” Hardy said.

Hardy believes that election moved the town from negative to productive politics, and set the stage for last year’s approval of most ballot questions.

Hardy said he will be among those watching to see if officials who have advocated a high school renovation meant what they said.

“Did they mean it? If so, it should be a breeze to pass,” he said.

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