In Their Own Words: Meet the 2024 Candidates

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Michael McFarland

My desire to continue as a trustee is sparked by my last three years of service and my last year as an interim trustee on the DC BOCES board. I am a proud parent of five children, including one special needs child, three of which have successfully completed their education through WCSD and Dutchess BOCES CTI.

I’m a successful member of Local Union 638, where I was an educator for more than four decades. Currently, I am a trainer and mentor at Daikin LLC, guiding technicians on job sites with typical issues and training.

If re-elected, I am eager to support our staff as they shape our children to become well-rounded citizens and the future leaders of our country.

 

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Virgil Capollari

Resident—Wappingers Central School District (WCSD). I work as a security consultant, and additionally serve as the Director of Veterans Affairs for the NYS 105th Assembly District. I am a retired special agent, a graduate from the University of Maryland, and an Air Force veteran. I bring 25+ years of dedicated public service and leadership.

Community Involvement:
*Chair, Dutchess County Veterans Affairs Committee.

*Active Member - WCSD Committees:
District-Wide Safety;
Legislative Action;
Capital Improvement.

Our students, parents and staff need a high-quality education and dynamic learning environment. I will advocate for the resources, programs, services and expertise needed to achieve this objective. All WCSD stakeholders deserve a collaborative board that is accountable, fiscally responsible, listens and leads by example.

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Christopher Costabile

Christopher Costabile is a dedicated member of the community with 45 years of involvement and a proud graduate of the Wappingers Central School District (WCSD).  His commitment to education is reflected in his personal life, with four children who have also attended WCSD.  Christopher has contributed to the community through his service as a soccer coach for both recreational and travel leagues.  As a self-employed entrepreneur, Christopher owns a construction company, showcasing his leadership and business acumen.  His diverse professional background includes 24 years as a United States Postal Worker, Health and Wellness coach, demonstrating his dedication to public service. Christopher’s varied experiences and long-standing commitment to the community make him a well-rounded candidate for the Board of Education.

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John S. Morgan

I ask for your vote to continue serving on our Board of Education. Since becoming a Trustee, I have actively and effectively advocated for New York State Aid and promoted educational excellence balanced with responsible spending. Before my time on the WCSD Board, “responsible spending” meant budget spending increases exactly in line with the tax cap maximum. The last three proposed budgets have come in below that tax cap maximum; this year’s proposed budget is approximately 1% below the tax cap.

My wife, Elaine, and I have lived in East Fishkill since 1997. Our daughters attend John Jay and Manhattanville College. I am the President of Mountain View Strategic Wealth, having graduated from John Jay and Union College.