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May 16, 2013

SLCS candidates share views

SARANAC LAKE — Two three-year seats are up for vote on the Saranac Lake Central School Board.

Incumbents Tracey Schrader and Clyde Baker and newcomers Shir Filler and Esther Arlan are running for election.

The Press-Republican asked each of the candidates what they would most like to accomplish if elected, their stance on fiscal concerns and what they believe is the biggest challenge facing their district.

Here are their answers:

Shir Filler: The biggest challenge, she said, is “resistance to change.

“I would really like to involve the community and faculty in a conversation about different ways to deliver education.”

When asked on how she would go about pursuing it, her main point was communication. 

“I have a lot of ideas of my own to change things, but I think it’s really important that ideas come from everyone involved, not just the board.”

Filler thinks more resources should be incorporated to help with the budget. She feels that utilizing programs such as those offered by the Board of Cooperative Educational Services can help prepare students for the modern world. 

“Why not try to share services through an organization that already exists?”

Clyde Baker:  Baker wants to get the new superintendent (Diane Fox) comfortable with the community and wants to do his part giving back.

“I grew up here, so I know the village very well. I’d like to give her help and input as she puts her feet on the ground and gets rolling.”

Baker feels funding will be the biggest challenge but said the students and their education always come first.

“We’re a business of educating kids, so that’s always the priority. I think we do a really good job with balancing the needs of the kids and the taxpayers.” 

Baker feels that, through collaboration with other local schools and voicing their concerns, many of the funding issues can be resolved.

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