Six run for three spots on Saranac Lake School Board

Six people are running for three, three-year positions on the Saranac Lake Central School Board this year.

President Debra Lennon, Vice President Katie Fischer and member Tracey Schrader will all be seeking re-election. The three other candidates are Nathan Cox, Michelle Hill and Miles Van Nortwick. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at the district offices, located near the lobby of the high school auditorium.

We asked each candidate a set of questions. Here are their answers.

Nathan Cox

Why are you running for school board? I think that there’s a lot going on in the schools right now, and there are a lot of changes coming up and a lot of changes to be made. And I think that I would offer a unique perspective to the board.

What experiences do you bring to the board? I’ve never been on a school board before, but I’ve been on a number of committees as part of my work for the Tri-Lakes Center for Independent Living. I’m also the preadoptive parent of two children who are in the district special ed program. I’m an administrator. I will have my master’s degree in human resource management in the fall.

Key issues for the school district? I think we have a number of issues, but I think they all come down to the budget. They have a budget that needs to be kept in check because of the state tax cap rules. And they need to be thinking creatively about how they can keep within the budget’s parameters while also maintaining the programming for the kids. The current budget being passed, I was rather disappointed to see so many cuts to services for children but no cuts to administrative costs … In the next year, they’ll be hiring a new superintendent, and I think that will be a challenge as well.

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