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Barbara Tracy


Tracy is running for school board

Friday, May 09, 2014 - Updated: 5:26 PM



SPECULATOR -- Lake Pleasant Central School District will hold its annual vote Tuesday, May 20, from 12-8 p.m. in the Pre-K classroom.

A proposition will be on the ballot asking voters to authorize spending from the Capitol Reserve Fund to buy computers, furnishings, bus radios, security equipment and instructional and technology equipment.

Crystal O'Connor's former seat on the board of education is up for election. When O'Connor resigned Florence Braunius was appointed to fill the seat until the next election, and was then elected to fill the remainder of the five-year term. She is not running. The only candidate is Barbara Tracy.

Tracy, 66, of Speculator graduated SUNY New Paltz with a master's degree in education.

She has been an associate broker with Alicia C. Miller Real Estate in Wells for many years. Greater Amsterdam School District employed her as a teacher until she retired.

She also served as mayor for three years, 2004-07.

"I feel a board member with educational experience and business experience would be an asset for the board," she says. "I have both."

"I feel we need to be fiscally conservative, but we also need to provide the best education possible for our students to compete in an increasingly difficult job market."

As qualifications Tracy cites her lengthy career in education starting in 1969. She also owned and operated a preschool and was on the board of the Amsterdam YMCA and Mountain Valley Hospice.

Tracy says the top two issues facing the district are keeping up with the cost of education and providing the best education possible.

"It is getting more and more difficult to keep up with the cost of education. We are such a small community and our local people cannot afford the ever increasing taxes," she says.

As a member of the BOE she says she will work toward providing the most for the students while trying to keep costs down.


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