Two Candidates Seeking School Board Seats

As part of the June 9, 2020 budget vote and board election, Johnstown voters will have the opportunity to select three members to serve on Johnstown’s Board of Education, for 3-year terms beginning July 1, 2020. Candidates Beverly Alves and David D’Amore submitted nominating petitions and will appear on the June 9, 2020 ballot. The third seat may be filled by the qualified write-in candidate earning the most votes.

Candidate Beverly Alves

Board Candidate Bev AlvesI am a retired special education teacher. Most of my teaching career was at Herkimer BOCES. My late husband Joe and I moved to beautiful Fulton County in 1973. Prior to moving to Fulton County I had been a math teacher in N.J., working with disadvantaged children, in the big city school district in which I had grown up. I attended Rutgers University (The State University of N.J.), and have a B.A. in psychology. Returning to school, I studied math and education, acquiring additional majors in both these fields.

Except for my classes in graduate school, I acquired all my education (kindergarten thru college) in a public school system; I would not have been able to obtain the education I have, and skills I developed, without the benefit of a public school education, and the encouragement of my family. I know and understand how essential our public schools are for the development and success of our children; I also know the important part public schools play in our community.

I’ve been a Johnstown School Board member for the last three years. My many years of experience in education, and a commitment to do what is good for our children, made me feel, continues to make me feel, that I can make a contribution, by ensuring that our children have the best educational opportunities possible. Although we’ve faced, and continue to face some difficult challenges regarding our wonderful school district, I hope that I can help to make the right decisions for our children and community.

Candidate David D’Amore

Board Candidate David D'AmoreDavid was raised in Johnstown and graduated from Johnstown High School in 1988. After earning a Bachelor’s and Master of Architecture from the University at Buffalo, he started his architecture career in Baltimore, MD. After a couple years, he moved to Lancaster, PA to continue his career after meeting his wife Virginia.

David and Virginia moved back to Johnstown in 2002 after starting their family. They have two children, Augustus (JHS Class of 2019)  and Cecelia (JHS Class of 2022). In 2004, David started his own architecture practice, AND: Architecture & Design, that he operated with Virginia until its acquisition in 2019. He is now a Managing Architect with C.T. Male Associates in Latham, NY.

David was a member of the Fulton County YMCA Board of Directors from 2006 to 2016, was a former member of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation from 2009 to 2010, is a current member of the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency since 2016 and a current member of the Nathan Littauer Foundation Board of Directors since 2016.