Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School
While current Elizabethtown-Lewis School Board president Brett Sicola will not face a challenge in the upcoming school board election, the man who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Tammy Apthorp will.
Nick Disogra, who was appointed to the board in January of this year after Apthorp moved out of the region, will be running against former school board member Robert Wagner in the May 15 election.
Disogra works at Fletcher Allen and Elizabethtown Community Hospital as a MRI Technologist, while Wagner is a contractor and partner with High Peak Carpentry in Elizabethtown. Wagner had been a member of the board for nine years before last year, when he was not re-elected.
“I would like to think that the experience I have would help me contribute to moving the school forward both with the budget and other issues that face the school,” Wagner said. “I feel that the experience that I got while on the board is an asset. It takes time to learn the ropes with the way that the education system works in New York. I would hope that I could provide positive contributions.”
Disogra said that he has learned a lot in his limited time on the board, but also knows a lot about the school system as a former student.
“I am the only member of the board who is also a graduate of the school right now,” Disogra said. “It was interesting to have started with the appointment to the board. I had a positive experience at Elizabethtown-Lewis, and I want to keep that going for the kids while balancing the fiscal part of things and giving the community a voice. I have an administrative background in healthcare, so I have experience with budgets and daily operations of a facility.”
Both candidates said that the search for a new superintendent is at the top of the priority list for the school, as current administrator Gail Else announced that she is retiring at the end of the school year.
“The search to replace the superintendent is the top priority right now,” Disogra said. “Dealing with the budget is another top priority, and it does not get better with every year that passes. My concern is that these topics can sometimes take away from the kids, so we need to also look at ways to become more education-centric.”
“Now that the superintendent has resigned, on of the board’s most important jobs is to hire a competent superintendent,” Wagner said. “I was on the board through the process of hiring Gail, and I believe that experience can help this board.”
Voters will be able to go to the polls between noon and 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.