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School budgets sail through in St. Lawrence County


The lights stayed on and the votes kept coming.

An early evening thunderstorm caused power outages for thousands of St. Lawrence County residents, but didn’t interrupt school budget votes, even in the hardest-hit areas.

Although about 2,600 customers in Canton lost power, the Canton Central School District was not affected and voting took place as planned in the high school library.

A power outage at Hermon-DeKalb Central prompted district officials to turn on the school’s generator and voting continued, Superintendent Ann M. Adams said.

All 17 school districts in St. Lawrence County approved their 2013-14 budgets.

Canton Central School’s $24.3 million budget passed 422-154. The $470,000 bus purchase proposition passed 429-140. The $12,000 funding proposition for Canton Free Library passed 424-143. In the school board race for three seats, newcomer Keith R. Rosser received 412 votes, followed by incumbents Angelique W. Santimaw, 368, Janet Favro, 339, and Phillip J. Burnett Sr., 328.

Clifton-Fine Central School’s $9.5 million budget passed 420-153. A bus proposition passed 392-183. Three seats on the school board were captured by newcomers Robert E. Lachut, 223 votes, and Christopher L. Westbrook, 408 votes, and incumbent Christopher E. Cooper, 423 votes

Colton-Pierrepont Central School’s $9.8 million budget passed 169-60. In the election for one four-year term, former board of education member Scott A. Baxter received 126 votes. Incumbent Jo Ann Roberts earned 99 votes.

Edwards-Knox Central’s $12.3 million budget passed 206-55. The $320,000 bus proposition passed 148-113. In the Board of Education race, Thomas Whitmarsh received 109 votes to defeat incumbent Amanda Fuller, who received 92 votes. Incumbent Thomas O’Brien was unopposed and received 211 votes.

Gouverneur Central School’s $32.6 million budget passed 274-72. Two incumbents were re-elected to the school board: Laurie M. Roberts, 297 votes, and Barry R. Smith, 284, while the third seat went to newcomer Lisa M. McGregor.

Hammond Central School’s $6.8 million budget passed 54 -12. Running without opposition, Bernard A. Martin re-elected to the Board of Education for a five-year term.

Hermon-DeKalb Central School’s $9 million budget passed 146-46. The $115,000 bus proposition passed 147-45. In the race for two school board seats, incumbent Crystal L. Simmons received 133 votes, followed by newcomers Jill Davis with 109 votes and Raeleen M. Willard with 108.

Heuvelton Central School’s $12.5 million budget passed 153-95. A $120,000 bus proposition passed 166-74. In the school board race, Darcy Backus received 197 votes to win a five-year seat, while Michelle McGaw received 171 votes to win a two-year seat. Incumbent Dr. John P. Zeh lost his seat after receiving 116 votes.

Lisbon Central School’s $12 million budget passed 135-55. Nancy Addison ran unopposed for a school board seat and garnered 159 votes.

Madrid-Waddington Central School’s $14.8 million budget passed 172-45. Running without opposition, Gerald Molnar was reelected to the board. Andrew A. Bracy was elected with 104 votes over Jacqueline Brown who had 94 votes.

Massena Central School’s $46.8 million budget passed 463-263. The budget included a proposition to approve the purchase of four full-size, 66-passenger buses at a cost not to exceed $412,883. Newcomer Lorie R. MacKenzie received 609 votes to capture the one vacant school board seat. There were also four write-ins for Roger B. Clough II and one write-in for Charles E. McGrath. Ms. MacKenzie will replace Michael J. LeBire, who opted not to seek another term.

Morristown Central School’s $9 million budget passed 135-49. A bus proposition passed 122-63. Three school board seats went to Larry Kring III, 121 votes, W. Darrell Merkel, 100 votes, and Mary Anne Bailey, 128 votes.

Norwood-Norfolk Central School’s $20.3 million budget, passed 213-102. In the election for three board seats with a three-year term, incumbents Jon Hazen received 256 votes and Suzanne M. Fiacco received 247 votes. There also were several write-ins, with Mary Ellen Todd receiving the highest number of votes at nine. Incumbent Stephanie Allen opted not to seek re-election. Voters also approved a proposition to spend up to $250,000 to purchase one 30-passenger bus and two 60-passenger buses, 213-99.

Ogdensburg City School District’s $36 million budget passed 360-100. A proposition to sell Sherman School passed 425-24. In the board race, challenger James P. King beat incumbent Frederick P. Bean, 310-198.

Parishville-Hopkinton Central School’s $10.1 million budget passed 85-32. In the election for two five-year terms on the Board of Education, James E. Young and Daniel S. Taylor won unopposed with 95 and 101 votes, respectively. Voters also approved a proposition to purchase a bus at a cost not to exceed $125,000.

Potsdam Central School’s $27.3 million budget passed 618-148. In the election for three three-year terms on the board, Rachel H. Wallace earned 571 votes, Judith M. Hinman garnered 548 votes and incumbent Ralph L. Fuller received 522 votes. Ann M. Carvill received 362 votes. Incumbents Mark R. Frascatore and Thomas W. Hobbs opted to not run for re-election. Voters also approved a proposition for the purchase of two buses.

St. Lawrence Central School’s $19.8 million budget passed 183-44. In the election for two seats on the Board of Education, incumbents Bethany L. St. Hilaire received 189 votes and James K. Lattimer received 178 votes. Voters also approved a proposition, 187-42, to purchase three buses at a cost not to exceed $258,000.

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