2023 Board of Education Candidates

On May 16, 2023, District residents will elect three (3) members of the Board of Education. Board members with expiring terms are Theresa Sullivan, Diane Burfeind, and Ronald Morales.

Two (2) candidates have submitted petitions to run for the Board of Education.
Names of candidates will be listed in the following order on the ballot:

  • Richard Viebrock

  • Ronald Morales

Candidate Bios

Richard Viebrock

 I was born and raised in the Taconic Hills District and graduated from Taconic Hills High School. I have always lived in the Town of Claverack. I am a former THCSD School Board member and past president (1988-2007), a former business owner (JH Viebrock Excavating, Inc.) and a retired Supervisor of Transportation (2007-2022 Taconic Hills). I currently own and operate BusGuy Bus Safety Services, LLC providing testing and training for school bus drivers in the region. I am married and have three grown children who graduated from Taconic Hills and another currently in college who also graduated from Taconic Hills. I have been involved in the community through Little League, The Youth Sports Programs and the Board of Education. I am currently a Fire Commissioner for the Mellenville Fire District. I enjoy golf and old cars and I am a church organist at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Hudson. I want to help improve the educational standing of our students, to increase their post high-school opportunities and to help foster an atmosphere where learning and working are celebrated. I believe I have the background to contribute in a meaningful way.

Ronald Morales

My family and I have lived in the District (Hillsdale, NY) full time since 2000.  I am currently an accounting clerk for Columbia County Deptartment of Social Services. My parents taught at Roe Jan, and 3 of my siblings attended THCSD. My children are graduates of THCSD. Our youngest is currently a sophomore at THCSD. My wife, and I have supported THCSD for over 20 years. I enjoy going to the movies and spending time with my family & friends. Having been on the board for most of the years starting in 2007, I have a strong vested interest in the education of the community’s children. Since I’ve joined, we’ve switched from a 2 bell to a 1 bell system. We’ve corrected a poor financial situation, to the point that it is now considered a strength of the district. We’ve done multiple projects enhancing the school plant. All children have free breakfast & lunch, eliminating food issues. Since being on the Board, not a single request to enhance the education experience of our children has been denied. If these are in line with your thinking, please consider voting for me.


May 16, 2023 voters will also be voting on the 23-24 budget as well as other listed propositions. For more information please visit: