The Saranac Lake Central School Board has a new president this morning.. Clyde Baker takes over the reigns following the resignation of Deb Lennon which became effective July 1st… The Board also Chose Miles VanNortwick to be Vice President and two new members are sworn in on Tuesday Evening.. Aurora White and
Kelly Morgan-Duprey are now seated on the left hand side of the table.. Miles, Shir Filler and Katie Fischer fill the right side of the Table with Superintendent Diane Fox seated at the head of the table with Clyde Baker.. The seating arrangement, however, is missing one board member.. and that topic became one of the primary discussions.. Especially among audience members during the public comment period of the meeting..
We learned on Tuesday that the school board really has two choices.. to hold another election or to appoint someone to fill the one year term… and following committee appointments the board took up the issue of how to move forward..
Shir Filler suggested that it would be important to keep the process as open as possible, and that the board develop some sort of criteria for making an appointment so that the public doesn’t see the decision as somehow underhanded or politically motivated but rather the best person for the job is chosen.. Clyde added during the discussion that during the appointment process, both previous Board Members, Terry Tubrity and Lisa Paschke would be able to participate if they were interested in being considered for another one year term on the board.. In the end, the board voted to move forward with an appointment rather than holding another election and then proceeded to develop a timetable that would allow residents to express their interest and to allow the board to appoint someone within the required 90 day window from July 1st..
Letters of Interest can be submitted to Christine Fransen in the Administrative Offices at the High School and those letters will be held until the board’s next meeting. Superintendent Diane Fox says the board will be developing a simple set of criteria to help with the decision and is also working to include the public in the process.