By Keith Lobdell
ELIZABETHTOWN -While taxpayers will head to the polls on Tuesday, May 17 to decide whether to approve the adopted spending plan presented by schools throughout the region, they will also have the chance to choose the men and women who will help shape those plans in the future.
Each of the eight local school districts will be holding school board elections for at least one seat. Most schools, however, only have the same number of candidates as seats open. Also, several veteran members of school boards have decided to not run for another term on their respective boards.
The AuSable Valley School District voters will be voting to fill one seat on the board, with James Martineau Jr., as the only person who submitted a petition to run.
Incumbent school board member Robert Douglas, whose seat is open, did not file a petition.
ELCS voters will have two contested races and three board seats to fill when they go to the polls May 17.
For the remainder of an un-expired one-year term, current member Tammy Apthorp will be opposed by Paul Fenton, a former member of the school board.
Current board president Robert Wagner will run to serve for another three years against Adirondack Community Action Programs CEO Alan Jones.
Current board member Karen Hooper will run unopposed, also for a three-year term.
There are two seats that will be chosen by voters in the Keene Central School District, with one incumbent board member seeking to be voted back onto the board.
Current board vice president Teresa Cheetam-Palen will seek another term on the board, while David Craig has also filed to run for the second position.
Current board member Matthew Donahue did not file a petition.
The Lake Placid School Board of Education has three seats that are up for election, which are currently held by board president Phil Baumbach, Ujju Mahatme and Dan Nardiello.
Baumbach and Mahatme will seek another term on the school board, while Nardiello will not seek another term.
Herbert Stoerr and Camelia Sheridan are also seeking a spot on the school board, with the top three candidates receiving votes earning a spot on the board.
The Saranac Lake school board has two seats that are up for election.
Current board member Terry Tubridy and Lisa Paschke are the only two that have filed petitions to seek the positions, with current board vice president Darren Dalton not filing to run for another term on the board.
Current board members Michael Deshene and Mark Yamrick will seek another term on the school board, with both filing petitions to return to one of the two board seats up for election.
Tom Kohler will seek re-election to the school board as the only candidate who filed a petition for the seat that he currently holds.
Two seats are up for election in Willsboro, where current board president Andrea Robare did not file a petition to be re-elected to her seat.
Vice president Craig Jackson will seek re-election to the board, while John Steeves will seek to be elected to the second seat.
School district votes on the 2011-12 budget and school board positions will take place on Tuesday, May 17, from noon until 8 p.m. Contact your local school for voting sites.