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No candidates file petitions for vacant school board spot

Vote slated for Tuesday

— With no petitions filed by the Sept. 12 deadline, write-in ballots will determine who replaces Donna Clark on Long Lake Central’s School Board Oct. 11.

Clark resigned in August, and her seat will be filled in a write-in ballot election from 2 to 8 p.m. at the school cafeteria.

LLCSD Superintendent Mary Dickerson said she knows of only one person who is currently interested in the position.

Kristen H. Brosnan of Long Lake is the only known candidate unofficially putting her name in for the vacant school board petition. She said that she decided to run after she heard that the deadline had come and gone without anyone submitting a petition.

“It disturbed me that no one had picked up a petition to run for school board, because I am very passionate about education,” Brosnan said.

Brosnan, a scientist for General Electric in Niskayuna, said she travels between her work and her home with her husband, Steve Signell, who is president of the library board for LLCSD, and step son, Alex Signell, a student at LLCSD.

She said she would have picked up a petition sooner, but she wanted to be sure she could manage the responsibilities of the school board with her work.

“It’s going to be really tough, but I think with my experience with GE in leading programs, getting projects done and on time on budget, and my passion for education I think I could do it.”

School board president Hallie Bond said holding the election instead of appointing someone is a way to let the community have a voice.

Bond said ideal qualities for the position would be an open-minded person who could work well with the groups in the community, who strongly believes in the school and the value of an education.

The new board member will serve out the remainder of Clark's term, which ends June 30, 2014.

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