While two of the three seats on the AuSable Valley Central School Board of Education will face no challenge May 21, the third will be contested.
Current board member Susan Richards will face Charles A. Potthast Jr. for a three-year term on the AVCS board, with voting from noon until 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the AuSable Valley Middle High School cafeteria.
Richards, the incumbent, currently works as the clerk to the supervisor in the town of Jay and teaches vocal music in the community.
“As an AVCS Board Member, I firmly believe in upholding the district’s vision to ensure that every AuSable Valley graduate possesses skills for career and lifelong learning,” Richards said.
Potthast has lived in Jay for 20 years and is retired from the New York State Police, where he served as a trooper, sergeant, investigator and lieutenant for the BCI. He is currently a part-time patrolman in the village of Lake Placid. He is also the junior varsity baseball coach for the Patriots.
“I am running because our children’s education is of the utmost importance,” Potthast said.
Both candidates said that the financial climate of state education is one of the major issues facing the school board.
“I feel that the our AVCS Board has worked diligently alongside Superintendent Paul D. Savage II to provide a fiscally sound district budget, staying below the 2 percent tax cap levy, while still maintaining a well-rounded quality education for the students of AuSable Valley,” Richards said.
“It is important to realize that the average taxpayer can only absorb so much of the financial burden,” Potthast said. “I believe that spending can be reduced and taxes held to a minimum through proper management and asset utilization.”
Both also said that they are familiar with the school and the needs of the district.
“As an alumnus and fellow Patriot of AVCS, I am proud to serve as an AVCS Board Member and will continue to serve the people of the AuSable Valley Central School District as long as they elect me to do so,” Richards said.
“I volunteer and chaperone school trips at the elementary level, and this has helped me to get to know many of the teachers, coaches and administrators,” Potthast said. “If elected I will ask the questions, I will bring issues of concern to the board and the school administration, and I will hold people accountable. I can promise that I will work hard for the community and our children to provide the best education possible.”