Board of education candidates

The Hudson City School District Board of Education will have three (3) Board seats open for re-election on the May 2016 Budget Ballot: two (2) full term seats (one to be effective 05/17/2016 and one to be effective 06/30/2016) and one partial-term seat (effective 05/17/2016 through 06/30/2018). Terms will be decided based on the number of votes received by candidates.

(May 23, 2016) - Board of Education candidates Linda Hopkins and Sumayyah Shabazz have been elected to the Hudson CSD school board. Based on the number of votes for each candidate, Hopkins received the 5-year term (with 483 votes) and Shabazz received the 3-year term (with 411 votes). The third, partial-term seat was awarded to write-in candidate Willette Jones (93 votes).


Linda Hopkins Linda Hopkins stands in high school hallway
I am running for Hudson City School Board because I care deeply about our community and the well-being of all our children.

I am an educator by profession, with 14 years of experience in teaching. I hold a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, Master of Science in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University, and I am a NYS certified teacher. I have taught preschool through undergraduate courses, with most of my teaching experience being middle school science.

Before staying home to raise my two daughters, I worked with the State of Vermont as one of seven Master Science Teachers in the state to provide standards-based teacher training workshops. My daughters have both thrived in the Hudson City Schools their entire school careers. They are now at M.C. Smith Intermediate School.

While I currently teach high school science, for the prior three years I was a substitute teacher exclusively in the Hudson City School District. I taught all grade levels, all subjects, at all three schools. This gave me an amazing opportunity to get to know the children and educators of our district. If elected to the school board, I will focus first and foremost on the educational needs of our students.


Sumayyah Shabazz
My name is Sumayyah Hadiyha Shabazz. I am from New York City, born and raised in Harlem. I am a 64-year-old African American woman, who moved to Hudson in 2001. I am about to graduate from Columbia Greene Community College and also attend Post University for my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in Family and Children’s Services with an Art concentration. I am a mother of seven, grandmother of 15 and great-grandmother of one. My family resides in Maryland.

My son attended JLE for one year and then attended St. Patrick Academy in Catskill until it closed. He then returned to the Hudson City School District to continue his education. My son graduated in the class of 2014 and has returned to the Hudson City School District to work full-time in conjunction with serving in the Army Reserves.

I have been on the Board of Education for almost a year and would like to continue to serve. It is very important to stay abreast with our community and district schools for our children, and our children’s best interests. We also need to make sure our teachers are secure in their environment while educating our children.


Willette Jones
Willette JonesI wanted to serve on the Hudson City School District Board is because I have worked in the district for many years with various students.  I have heard both their complaints and praise about the school and feel that I would be able to support them better and advocate on their behalf by serving on the Board.  I also want to serve because I am proud of the city that I live in.

My short term goal for serving on the Board is to gain a better understanding of the district's goals and to assist in ensuring that the goals are attainable and achievable for the diverse population that we serve.  My long term goal for the Board is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to meet the mission of Destination Graduation.

I am a wife, a mother of four and grandmother of five.  I am very active in serving at my church, Endless Love Temple, where I am the Head Usher, Assistant Cook for the Soup Kitchen and Sunday School Teacher.  I enjoy spending time with family and love ones, watching Drama movies, reading and working with kids.  It is my love for kids that inspires me to do what I do today.  


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Nominating petitions

The Hudson City School District Board of Education will have three (3) Board seats open for re-election on the May 2016 Budget Ballot.

The district has three (3) Board vacancies, two (2) full term seats (one to be effective 05/17/2016 and one to be effective 06/30/2016) and one partial term seat (effective 05/17/2016 through 06/30/2018).

Nominating petitions are available starting March 9th in the Central Office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Petitions are due back to the District Clerk by Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Leslie Coons, District Clerk
Email: coonslx@hudsoncsd.org
Phone: (518) 828-4360 Ext. 2100

Hudson City School District
215 Harry Howard Avenue
Hudson, NY 12534