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Lake George board lets go soccer coach

Senior Kelly Flaherty said it was "inspiring" to watch Gordon sprinting near the track to prompt runners to compete with utmost effort.

"If Gordon's dedication, devotion and enthusiasm is not a 'good fit' for Lake George, then the problem does not lie with Mr. Gordon, but instead with the administration's opinion of what a 'good fit' really is."

She said Gordon's conduct had never elicited a single complaint, unlike other members of the faculty who have been reprimanded for inappropriate behavior.

She said Gordon might be facing termination because he showed extraordinary commitment to athletes, rather than being a "puppet for the administration."

Her speech, which was greeted by a standing ovation form the crowd, prompted a response from school board president Naomi O'Reilly that she'd shut down public comment if negativity was aired again.

A parent said other coaches and teachers in Lake George schools now wonder whether they'd be next, facing termination without stated, justifiable reasons.

Following the public meeting the board convened an executive session citing their intent to discuss a personnel issue concerning "a particular employee."

During open session, they reviewed their latest 2011-12 budget proposal, crafted after their initial spending plan was rejected by voters in May.

Their new plan calls for spending $20,343,279, a $333,057 increase, or a 1.66 percent hike over 2010-11. The tax levy, it is estimated, will increase by 2.84 percent.

The public is to vote on the new budget June 21.

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