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We should thank David Goldwasser for his service on the school board, which is so vital to our community life. David's not running again, so his seat will be filled in the election on May 19, when we also vote on the school budget.

So far the field is wide open, District Clerk Jana Atwell tells me. She encourages anyone who's interested to consider running. The first step is to swing by her office at the school and pick up an information packet put out by the state.

To become a candidate all you need to do is get 25 signatures on a petition, which you can also pick up in Jana's office. Once you've got the signatures, return the petition to Jana's office by April 20 at 4 p.m. Then you'll be on the ballot. The term is five years.

As for the budget, the school board is still working hard on it, diligently fitting together all those unfunded state mandates in the most cost-effective way they can. There's a special budget meeting coming up on Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m. in the school library, when the public is invited to comment on the proposed budget. The budget will be adopted at the regular meeting in April, before being decided by voters on May 19.

Meanwhile, the search for a new school superintendent is proceeding apace. The board solicited the community for a group of "stakeholders" (representatives from groups like the Youth Commission, the Town Board, the Fire Dept. the PTO, the Student Council, etc.) which has been putting together a list of interview questions. The school board will review applications at a special meeting on April 23, come up with a list of candidates, and begin the interview process.

The best way to get involved in any of this is to come to board meetings. They're generally the second Thursday of the month, in the school library at 6:30 p.m. (upcoming meetings are posted at the school website).

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