Four run for two spots on Tupper Lake School Board

— Four people are running for two positions on the Tupper Lake Central School Board this year.

Jane Whitmore will be seeking re-election for her three-year seat, and School Board President Mike Dechene will be leaving the board. The newly elected person will fill his two-year unexpired term. The three other candidates are Patricia Anrig, Paul Ellis and Fred LaMere Jr. Voting will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 at the middle/high school.

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

Patricia Anrig

Why are you running for school board? I’d like to see some changes, better communication between the School Board and the community. I’d like to see more project planning and follow up.

What experiences do you bring to the board? I was an employee of the school district for six years. I was the technology coordinator until a couple of years ago when they outsourced it to BOCES. My background is in computer technology. With project management, I was a project manager in an engineering firm. My mom was teacher at Fayetteville-Manlius for 20 years, so we have a background in education.

Key issues for the school district? I think one of the key issues is making sure that we’re getting the most out of the resources that we have. We’re not a rich school district, so we really need to make sure the money we spend is well spent. We’re one of the schools that got a slight increase in state aid instead of a decrease this year, but we’ve had big cuts, as everybody else has, and it just makes it more evident of the importance of spending wisely.

Final comments: One of our best assets and resources is the community, and the ability to freely communicate with the School Board and the district administration is a key point on being able to use that resource.

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