JAMESTOWN – The current president of the Jamestown School Board will retire from the board at the end of the current school year.
Board president Joe DiMaio announced during Tuesday’s Jamestown School Board meeting that he has decided to pull out of this year’s School Board elections. DiMaio been on the Board for twelve years and served as Board President for four. In announcing his departure, he said he felt the time was right to leave the board.
“After many years of service to the district I love, I have decided to withdraw from the school board elections and say farewell to my friends and colleagues at the end of my current term in June,” DiMaio said. “I’m so pleased with how well things in the District have been going. As I reflected on my options, it just seemed this was a good time to bring this phase of my contributions to a close.”
Though his name will still appear on the May 17 school election ballot, DiMaio has asked that voters not waste a vote on him, because he will decline to serve a fifth term. There are two seats on the ballot for three-year terms and three candidates are now seeking election. They are: current school board member Patrick Slagle along with city residents Jeffrey Yeates and Todd Rushforth.
The district has also already mailed out a postcard with Board of Education candidate information, which people should receive this week in their mail. DiMaio will be listed on that postcard as a candidate but again, he is asking voters to disregard his name as an option.
The election will be conducted next Tuesday May 17 from noon to 9 p.m. Voters unsure of their correct polling places can call the District Clerk at 483-4420.