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Two are running for the IL school board

Friday, May 09, 2014 - Updated: 5:25 PM



INDIAN LAKE -- Two seats will be filled this year on the Indian Lake Central School District Board of Education. The annual vote will be Tuesday, May 20, from 12-8 p.m. in the school's front lobby.

Two board of ed members will be elected, one to a five-year term to fill Michelle Hutchins' seat, whose term is ending; and one to fill the four years remaining on Leonard Franco's term. He resigned in October.

Hutchins is running for another term, and Philip Monthony filed a petition to run for the remainder of Franco's term.

A proposition will be on the ballot asking voters if the school should increase the cost of the $1.73 million Building Project approved in 2009 by $75,000 to accommodate a generator.

A second proposition would authorize the board of education to issue serial bonds of up to $600,000 to fund boiler replacement.

Voters will also be asked to approve the purchase of a new 35-passenger school bus for up to $46,000 and one seven-passenger van for up to $26,000.


Hutchins, 43, graduated ILCS and State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica / Rome, with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

She has worked as the confidential secretary to the district attorney of Hamilton County since 2012. She previously worked for Community Bank.

Hutchins has been on the BOE for five years. She is running again because, "I feel it is important to maintain the integrity of the board and continue to support the needs of the students."

She feels the top two issues facing the school district are keeping taxes to a minimum and the Common Core Standards. During a second term, she says, she would "continue the working relationship with the administration, teachers, staff, students and members of the community."

Hutchins has two young boys who are currently enrolled at the school.


Monthony, 62, is a high school graduate with one year of college. He has been self-employed since 1986 with Cedar River Builders. He was previously employed as a millwright at Sandy Hill Corp.

Monthony is running because, "I would like to be more involved in the school's operation."

As qualifications he cites his 28 years as a business owner, which requires decisions involving finances and personnel. "I feel this can be applied to BOE decisions also," he says.

He has not attended any school board meetings during the past year.

He feels the top two issues facing the school are taxes and sharing services. "Now that New York state owns more property in the town, I wish to see it pay the taxes as if private individuals owned the land," he says, and, "I would like to see more sharing of academic studies with other schools so students have access to as may programs as possible."

Monthony's son Jeremy is employed by the school as a grounds and maintenance person.


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