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Few are interested in serving on local boards of education

Friday, April 26, 2013 - Updated: 9:23 AM

By CRISTINE MEIXNER

Editor

SPECULATOR - There will be just one race when the seven school districts across the county hold elections May 21. Three people are running for two seats on the Piseco Common School District Board of Education.

The deadline for filing petitions to run was Monday, April 22.

At INDIAN LAKE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT only Leonard Franco has filed to run for the one seat that will be on the ballot, for a five-year term currently held by Patrick Mahoney. Mahoney is not running.

The annual budget hearing and district meeting will be Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the school. The vote will be Tuesday, May 21, from 12-8 p.m.

At INLET COMMON SCHOOL DISTRICT Heather Hoffman is running unopposed for a third three-year term. The annual budget hearing will be Wednesday, May 8, starting 7 p.m. at Inlet Town Hall. The vote will be Tuesday, May 21, from 2-8 p.m. at the IVES building on Rt. 28.

LAKE PLEASANT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT has two candidates, incumbent Andy Weaver and Florence Braunius. Weaver is running for another five-year term on the Board of Education.

Braunius is running to fill the remaining year of Crystal O'Connor's term. O'Connor resigned in June of 2012; former BOE member Braunius was appointed in August to fill the seat until the end of the school year.

The proposed budget of $4,855,714 is up 4.3 percent and the tax levy would be $66 below the so-called tax cap. The annual budget hearing will be Tuesday, May 7, starting at 7 p.m. at the school. The annual vote will be Tuesday, May 21, from 12-8 p.m.

In addition to the budget and election, voters will be asked to cast ballots on the purchase of one school bus at a cost of up to $50,000; and spending money from the Capital Reserve Fund on computers, furnishings, bus radios, security equipment, instructional and technology equipment and a replacement generator and related equipment.

LONG LAKE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT'S Hallie Bond, who was first elected to the board in 1998, is not running for re-election. Attorney Paul Roalsvig is the only person who filed a petition to run for her seat. It is a five-year term.

The proposed budget will be available Monday, May 6, and the annual budget hearing will be Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Voting will be May 21 from 2-8 p.m.

In addition to the budget and election voters will be asked if the school district should purchase one school bus for up to $65,000. It would be paid for with money from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund, which currently holds $163,290.

PISECO COMMON SCHOOL DISTRICT has three people running for two seats on the board: businesswoman Susan Casey; Christine Michienzi, a teacher at LPCS; and Scott Pierce, an environmental conservation officer.

Voters will elect one board member to fill the remaining two years of Michele Boni's term on the board. She recently resigned. The winner will be sworn in immediately after the vote. Also, one person will be elected to a three-year term on the board to replace incumbent Kathryn Wilt, who is not running.

Voters will also decide if the school should purchase one school bus for up to $45,000.

The proposed budget will be available May 1; the public hearing on it will be Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the school. The vote will be Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m.

RAQUETTE LAKE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT voters will elect two board members.

Incumbents Carol Mitchell and Christopher Northrup have filed petitions. Mitchell is running for a second five-year term and Northrup to fill the year left on Jennifer Crim's term. Crim resigned in September because she moved out of the school district; Northrup was appointed to fill her seat until the end of the school year.

The budget will be available Wednesday, May 1, and the budget hearing will be Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. The vote will be May 21 from 2-8 p.m. in the school gym. Voters will also cast ballots on raising $10,000 for Raquette Lake Library through the property tax.

WELLS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT'S Kenneth Hoffman is running unopposed for a third term on the board of education.

The budget will be available Wednesday, May 1, and the budget hearing will be Tuesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. The annual meeting will be Tuesday, May 21, at 12:30 p.m. with the annual vote from 12:30-8:30 p.m.

     

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