Pamela Standhart, President
Ms. Pamela Standhart was elected to the board in 2012. She has lived in Middleburgh for 31 years. After moving to Middleburgh in the first grade, Ms. Standhart graduated from Middleburgh High School in 1980. Her husband (Class of 1980) and two children (Cody, Class of 2006 and Lindsay, Class of 2010) are also graduates.
Ms. Standhart says she enjoys serving on the board for several reasons:
- She is happy to give back to school which she enjoyed as a youth. Middleburgh provided a quality education which helped her to become successful as an adult.
- She wants to make the school experience for today’s students a pleasant one while providing a quality education where they too can succeed with their life’s endeavors.
- Lastly, she just enjoys learning. It has been a interesting experience learning about our educational system while trying to do what is best for our students and at the same time doing what is best for our taxpayers.
Becky Binder, Vice-President
Ms. Becky Binder was raised in Middleburgh and is a 1986 graduate of MCS. Her husband and son also graduated from the district. She was elected to the Board of Education 2012. Ms. Binder says she enjoys serving on the Board of Education because she gets to work with great people who are dedicated to the Middleburgh school district and community. She is excited by the opportunities Middleburgh students have available to them.
Ernest Kuehl Jr.
Mr. Ernest Kuehl Jr. was first elected to the Board of Education in 2014. His family began camping on a vacant piece of land in the Middleburgh Central School District in 1978 before building a log cabin there in 1983. He became a full-time resident of the district when he retired in 2012.
Mr. Kuehl says that serving on the Board of Education allows him to make use of a lifetime of experience in education. He was a teacher, curriculum developer, author, and evaluator before he retired. Using this experience he brings a broad perspective to Board discussions, making sure the right questions are asked. He says that while progress can sometimes be slow, it is satisfying to make a difference in the lives of students and teachers.
Debra A. Bechtold
Ms. Debra Bechtold was elected to the Board of Education in 2016. She has been a resident of the Middleburgh Central School District for more than 30 years. She is currently employed as a marketing manager at Cobleskill Auxiliary Services, Inc. (CAS, Inc.) where she promotes dining services, laundry and vending services to the faculty and staff members of SUNY Cobleskill and the community. She graduated from Perth Central School in Perth, NY and attended Fulton Montgomery Community College as an early admissions student. She attended SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Oswego, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in communications. Ms. Bechtold previously served as a coach for modified softball, modified girls’ basketball, varsity bowling, girls’ track, JV girls’ basketball and JV girls’ volleyball and was a member of the Booster Club. She is also a Middleburgh Library Trustee and a Schoharie County Master Gardener. She has two children: Ryan and Cameron.
Ms. Vicki Hoerz was first elected to the Board of Education in 2016. She has lived in the Middleburgh Central School District for more than 30 years and was a teacher at Middleburgh Elementary School before retiring in 2016. She graduated from Cobleskill Central School and went on to receive her Associate of Applied Science degree in early childhood education from SUNY Cobleskill. She received her Bachelor’s degree in education and minored in science at the College of St. Rose and received her Master’s degree in education from SUNY Oneonta. She is involved with the Middleburgh Rotary Club. She has one son, Joshua Joseph Hoerz, who graduated from MCS.