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Facteau resigns after 13 years on school board

TUPPER LAKE - Tupper Lake School Board member Patrick Facteau tendered his resignation last week after 13 years of service to the school district.

Facteau made the announcement at the June 1 regular meeting of the board of education. The board accepted his resignation, effective July 1.

District Superintendent Seth McGowan said Facteau - who is the Chief Financial Officer at Adirondack Medical Center - will be missed for his depth of financial knowledge.

"Pat had a depth of knowledge on finance in general that is really unparalleled," McGowan said. "He had an ability to put numbers together, and he's really involved with it up to his elbows everyday. So when financial matters come up, he's really knowledgeable and often has been down that road already."

Facteau served as both president and vice president of the school board on multiple occasions, McGowan added.

Mark Yamrick, Facteau's co-worker at AMC and the son of retired L.P. Quinn teacher Jeanne Yamrick, was appointed by the school board to fill the vacant seat. Facteau had recommended Yamrick for the position.

Yamrick has two children in the Tupper Lake School District and has business experience as the former owner of Jarden Plastic Solutions.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," Yamrick said. "I still have a lot to learn and I hope to be able to get up to speed as soon as possible."

McGowan said Yamrick was given preference because he expressed an interest in district operations. In July, Yamrick will join Jane Whitmore as the second new board member, after Whitmore was elected to replace John Quinn last month. McGowan is not concerned about the board's future due to the recent turnover.

"The balance that the board needs to have is looking out for the taxpayers and providing the community with the best possible education," McGowan said.

"This board did an outstanding job of that and always has," he added. "Even prior to my becoming superintendent, I was elementary principal, and I had dealings with them on a number of educational and financial issues, and could not have asked for a better rapport or better relationship."

McGowan also noted two other members, President Mike Dechene and Dan Mansfield, have many years of experience.

"We'll have a nice balance of new blood and experience moving forward, so I'm comfortable with the board's direction," he said.

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