Voters decide on Tri-Lakes school budgets today

The polls are open in the Tri-Lakes today, as voters decide on school budgets and board members.

The Saranac Lake Central School District will hold elections from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for its proposed budget of $27.1 million. That represents a spending increase of .47 percent and a tax levy increase of 1.96 percent.

If approved, the budget would eliminate more than 15 positions through layoffs and attrition, close Lake Colby Elementary School and eliminate summer school for elementary and middle school students.

Lisa Paschke and Terrance Tubridy are running unopposed for two open school board seats. Elections will be held in the high school auditorium.

The Tupper Lake Central School District's elections will be held today from noon to 8 p.m. in the high school.

The proposed $16 million budget would decrease spending by 2.6 percent while the tax levy would increase by 4.37 percent.

If approved, the district's superintendent, Seth McGowan, would take over as middle/high school principal as a cost-saving measure. The district will reduce its clerical staff by not rehiring several retiring workers. No teaching positions would be cut.

School board president Michael Dechene and board member Mark Yamrick are running unopposed for reelection.

The Lake Placid Central School District's budget vote will be held from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Wilmington Town Hall and at the Lake Placid Elementary School.

The proposed school budget of $16.5 million would increase spending by 3.6 percent and the tax levy would increase by 4.04 percent.

If approved, nine staff members would be cut, including three instructors and several administrative positions.

Four candidates are running for three school board seats. That group includes two new candidates - Herbert Stoerr and Cameila Sheridan.

School Board President Philip Baumbach and incumbent board member Ujju Mahatme are running for reelection. Incumbent Dan Nardiello is not running for another term.

Finally, in Keene, the public will have to decide on a budget that features a 1.8 percent increase to the tax levy and totals about $5.23 million.

That represents a .19 percent decrease in spending from the current year.

Two candidates are running for two open seats - Teresa Cheetham-Palen and David Craig. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at the Keene Central School.

Chris Morris contributed to this report.

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