A total of 10 North Country residents are running for eight open seats on the five local school boards in the region, with only three seats being contested.
In AuSable Valley, incumbents Scott Bombard and David Whitford are running unopposed for three-year terms on the board of education, while incumbent Susan Richards will face a challenge from Charles Potthast, Jr.
There is also a race at Keene Central School, where three candidates will vie for two vacant, three-year term seats.
While incumbent Ann Whitney is seeking re-election, current school board president James Marlatt is not, leaving the field open for a pair of candidates in Heather Odell and John Haverlick. The top two receiving votes will fill the board positions.
“I have served on the Board of Education for two terms and hope to be elected to a third term,” Whitney said in a campaign statement found in the district’s mailing to residents. “During the past six years I have learned a great deal about Keene Central School and the community that supports the school. We have faced several challenges and have resolved complex problems. I consider it a privilege to serve on the Board of Education.”
“I am deeply concerned with the issues facing school districts today,” Odell said. “They must do more with less while implementing confusing state mandates. I am a firm believer in public education and sense our district can do better than a one size fits all approach to learning and assessment. Thus, our solutions must be as unique as our children’s talents and we must work together to ensure their success.“
“I want to help to create the best educational opportunities for the students in this community that we can achieve,” Haverlick said. “While being mindful of our fiscal responsibilities, I believe that this can be accomplished by utilizing the educators, administrative staff, community and family resources that we have available. I also believe that one of my roles as a KCS Board Member is to enlist community support so that we may work as a team to support, inspire and challenge our students, educators, administration and coaches.”
Karin Demuro will seek another three-year term as a member of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Board, running unopposed for the seat she currently holds. In Westport, board vice president Jim Carroll will also seek re-election to his third five-year term with no other petitions entered to the school. Willsboro board vice president Bruce Hale will also be unopposed in seeking re-election to a three-year term.