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Student elected to Geneva library board

Louis Guard ’07, a history and public policy major from Geneva, was elected to the board of trustees of the Geneva Free Library on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

He is the first HWS student elected to the board, and is one of the few full-time students serving on library boards across New York state.

In a newspaper interview before the voting, Guard noted that he’s up to date with trends in both public policy and technology, and said, “I would definitely like to see some expanded technology …[and] some educational type things that are open to the public.”

He later added, “I definitely feel confident in my ability to do well on the board given my three years so far here at Hobart.”

Guard, 20, said he plans to use his volunteer experiences, which include tutoring for elementary-school children, coaching modified football and working part-time in the Geneva Recreation Center, to go forward with the board.

A Chain Scholarship recipient, a Kappa Alpha brother, and an Eagle Scout, Guard grew up with public service. His mother, Geneva city chief court clerk, is a member of the Geneva City School District board of education; his father is an investigator for the Ontario County Sheriff's Department.

Guard was one of 10 candidates seeking seven seats on the board. Elected with him were incumbents Chevy DeVaney, Bram Lehman and Rita Reissig, former board president Nancy Bauder; and Judith McKinney and Virginia Aranjo-Torruella.

Voters also approved a proposition to fund the library through a tax added to the school tax bills. The library tax will cost about $38 per year for the owner of a home in the city assessed at $70,000, which is the city average.