Thank You Voters!

Proposition 1 - 2022/2023 Budget

Yes: 311

No: 80

Two members to the Board of Education for five-year terms, commencing July 1, 2022 and expiring June 30, 2027:

  • Tami Burns

  • Patricia Hammond

To elect one (1) member to the Board of Education to fill an unexpired 3-year, six-week term, commencing May 18, 2022 and expiring June 30, 2025:

  • Suzanne Calligan-Courtien

To elect one (1) member to the Board of Education to fill an unexpired 1-year, six-week term, commencing May 18, 2022 and expiring June 30, 2023:

  • Russell Infantino

Absentee Ballots:

To request an absentee ballot please complete the following application and return the signed application to the District Clerk. Application for Absentee Ballot.


There are four (4) vacancies open for the election of school board members.

  • Two (2) to a full term of five (5) years to begin on July 1, 2022 and to expire on June 30, 2027 

  • One (1) to  fill a vacant seat effective May 17, 2022 (the date of the election) and expiring on June 30, 2025

  • One (1) to fill a vacant seat effective May 17, 2022 (the date of the election) and expiring on June 30, 2023. 

The two candidates who receive the two highest vote counts will fill the five-year terms. The candidate with the third highest vote count will fill the three-year vacated term. The candidate with the fourth highest vote count will fill the one-year vacated term.

Nominating petitions have been received from:

  • Russell Infantino

  • Stacie Woodard

  • Patricia Hammond

  • Suzanne Calligan-Courtien

  • Tami Burns

Candidate Bios:

Tami Burns:

My name is Tami Burns and I am seeking to be elected to continue my service on the Board of Education. This past school year, I was selected by the Board to an interim term, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the time spent learning to be an effective team member. My husband, Chris, and I have lived in Wingdale for 26 years, and we have one daughter who is a junior at Dover High School. While I am primarily an at home mom, I also petsit locally, and volunteer wherever the need arises. Additionally, I make every attempt to positively contribute to the community as an active member of Dover Music Boosters (for the past six years), most recently serving as President and also teaching religious education at Immaculate Conception parish in Amenia.  Prior to becoming a mom, I worked at Pawling Corporation in Wassaic for 8 years as a Purchasing Agent after earning a Bachelors from Western Connecticut State University in Psychology. 

Serving on the Board is a great way to foster growth and excellence in the education our district provides as I firmly believe education is a team effort between the community and the school district. It is with great pride that I represent our community by being prepared and knowledgeable at every meeting, fighting for the best outcomes for all students. Please consider supporting me on May 17, because I am passionate about quality public education, student engagement, and opportunities for all. It would be an honor and privilege to continue to serve as Trustee.

Suzanne Calligan-Courtien:

I have lived in the district for seventeen years and have a 15 and 12 year-old who have had fantastic educational experiences. When we were looking for where to raise our family, one of the reasons we chose Dover was the school district - particularly its strong emphasis and commitment to community service. We have tried to serve as models in this respect for our children and I would like to offer my services to the Board in that vein. 

I work as a speech-language pathologist for elementary age students in a neighboring school district. In addition, I have worked as an independent contractor in Early Intervention and Preschool in our district and surrounding areas for the past 17 years. This has afforded me the opportunity to meet many different members of the community.  I believe this will lead to my ability to offer a unique perspective both in understanding the varied needs of our children and families as well as understanding the challenges and triumphs that special education affords. In addition I have served as a troop leader and treasurer for our local Girl Scouts service unit.

Patricia Hammond:

The last five years have flown by and I just wanted to share that I am running for re-election for a Dover Board of Education trustee.  I have lived in Dover my entire life and am proud to say that I am a Dover Alumni.  My husband is also a Dover graduate and our daughter is in middle school. Over the last five years I have fought, listened, debated, openly communicated, and I am looking forward to having the possibility to continue being an advocate for all stakeholders in the Dover school community.  I can say as a parent, tax payer, and educator this isn’t an easy task and personal beliefs are sometimes pushed to the side.  I will continue to value what we, as a community, can bring to the Dover School district. Thank you for your continued support. On Tuesday, May 17 please get out and vote. 

Russell Infantino:

Stacie Woodard:

Hello! My name is Stacie Woodard. I am currently seeking election for the Dover School District Board. I am a life-long resident of Dover Plains and have chosen to raise my 2 children here as well. I love the tight knit community and want my children to experience the connections of a small town. I have decided to run for the School Board for a number of reasons but ultimately because I care. I am invested in supporting our kids. I want the children of our district to thrive educationally and I want to assist in promoting their overall well-being. I believe that we all need to be there for the younger generation and provide them with the best supports possible. I truly stand by the saying “it takes a village”. I am running because I want to be a voice for the families, parents and children of our community. I have seen a tremendous amount of positive change since the start of the school year and I am confident that if elected I will be able to contribute to these positive changes as well. 


Shall the Board of Education of the Dover Union Free School District, Towns of Dover, Amenia, Washington and Union Vale, Dutchess County, New York, be authorized to expend the amount set forth in the budget for the 2022/2023 school year in the total amount of $37,289,271 and to levy the necessary sum against the taxable real property in the district. 

Budget Notice

If you have any questions please contact Nicole Wilkinson, District Clerk at 845-877-5700 ext. 1282 or email

Legal Notices

Legal Notice #1 - Published April 1, 2022

Legal Notice #2 - Published April 15, 2022

Legal Notice #3 - Published on April 29th

Legal Notice #4 - To be published on May 13th