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Saranac Lake School Board organizes for year

Lennon re-elected president in close vote

Saranac Lake Central School Board Clerk Chris Fransen, far right, swears in the recently elected members of the board on Wednesday, July 11 at the Petrova School library. From left are Miles Van Nortwick, Katie Fischer and Deb Lennon.

Saranac Lake Central School Board Clerk Chris Fransen, far right, swears in the recently elected members of the board on Wednesday, July 11 at the Petrova School library. From left are Miles Van Nortwick, Katie Fischer and Deb Lennon. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Saranac Lake Central School Board members spent their Wednesday, July 11 meeting organizing for the 2012-13 school year.

The first order of business was to swear in the three recently elected members of the School Board: Miles Van Nortwick and incumbents Deb Lennon (2011-12 president of the board) and Katie Fischer. This is Van Nortwick’s third tour of duty on the School Board, as he served two terms between 1998 and 2008. Board Clerk Chris Fransen took care of the swearing-in duties.

As soon as he was sworn in, Van Nortwick nominated board member Clyde Baker to replace Lennon as president. Then board member Lisa Paschke nominated Lennon, who was re-elected by a 4-3 vote: Paschke, Lennon, Fischer and Terry Tubridy voting in favor and Van Nortwick, Baker and Esther Arlan voting against.

Baker was the only one nominated for vice president and was subsequently elected to that position.

Board members proceeded to make a number of housekeeping decisions for the upcoming school year, including committee assignments, various appointments, extra pay and building-use fee schedules, authorizations and designations.

The official bank depository is still the NBT Bank, and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise remains the district’s official newspaper. The out-of-district tuition was set at $2,000, and the mileage rate for employees is 55.5 cents per mile.

On ad hoc committee was formed for the “Transportation lines for Bloomingdale and Petrova schools.” A committee is needed, school officials said, to help designate boundaries between the Bloomingdale and Petrova elementary school transportation districts, which change each year.

“We end up getting accused of playing God here,” Superintendent Gerald Goldman said. “We draw lines, and depending on what street you live on, we decide what school you’re going to go to, and it’s not an entirely scientific process. We do the best we can. There’s some logic applied to this ... but for some parents, these are very sensitive, difficult things to deal with.”

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