BY CADY KUZMICH
Clifton Park — James Trainor, of Clifton Park, announced Tuesday evening during a Board of Education meeting that he would not pursue another term on the board come spring.
He is currently serving his first term on the board — his term expires at the end of June. Trainor said he has recently let personal and family matters fall by the wayside, and has realized “something has got to give.” That something, he said, is his volunteer work.
Trainor, who graduated with an engineering degree from West Point said “As a West Pointer, giving up a potential leadership opportunity is not easy.” He also has a masters in business administration from Boston University and a J.D. from Fordham University of Law.
He said his law practice, Cutler, Trainor and Cutler LLP, has sped up just as he is beginning to slow down. “Funny how that works,” he laughed. Trainor, who has served as the Town Attorney in Clifton Park and now acts as the Town Attorney in Stillwater, specializes in town law.
Trainor and his wife, Eileen, moved to Clifton Park from downstate in 1988 after both serving in the Army and after he finished law school in New York City. Eileen Trainor, also a West Point graduate, has a masters in elementary education and works in the Niskayuna School District with special needs children as a teacher’s aide. Trainor unabashedly bragged his wife “was the top female athlete in her West Point class and competed at the Division I level in both basketball and softball.” The couple, married for nearly 30 years, has four children who have all graduated from Shenendehowa.
The Trainors’ daughter, Colleen Van Vorst, 26, studied at Geneseo and St. Rose, and is now a speech pathologist at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. Their son Brian, 24, ran cross country for Shenendehowa and graduated from West Point. He has recently worked as an Army Engineer but Trainor said he is now considering medical school. The Trainors’ daughter Katie, 21, played varsity soccer and lacrosse for Shenendehowa and at Nazareth College. She is wrapping up her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in the coming year. The Trainors’ youngest child, Jennifer, 20, also played soccer for Shenendehowa and is enrolled in ROTC and nursing at St. John Fisher College. Her father said Jennifer aspires to be commissioned as an Army Nurse next year.
Trainor said his children’s positive experience in the Shenendehowa school district, the impact of the district on the community, the opportunity to mentor young people and his lifelong call to service all played a role in his initial decision to join the board.
“I had already served as counsel to the Clifton Park Town Board and as Chairman of the Southern Saratoga YMCA Board, so the Shen Board seemed like the third pillar of the local large institutional triad; and I was intrigued at the prospect of learning more about public education and working alongside several people I knew on the board or in the administration,” explained Trainor.
Trainor said his main take-away from his time on the board “is that the District is in great shape in all respects and that our community is blessed by having such well-qualified and dedicated board members, terrific teachers and coaches, a phenomenal administrative staff and the very best Superintendent that we could hope for. I had suspected this was the case before joining the board but the last three years have definitely confirmed that it was indeed true.”
Reach Gazette reporter Cady Kuzmich at 269-7239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.