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May 16, 2013

SLCS candidates share views

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Tracey Schrader: She believes that one board member alone cannot make a difference. She feels strongly that communication and collaboration are needed.

“I want to keep the balance between offering the programs we still have in the district and keeping (the budget) within the 2 percent (tax-levy cap).”

In order to accomplish this, “we’re going to have to look for very creative ways to educate.”

She said a “think tank” needs to stay in motion in order to be “creative with the money we do have.”

Esther Arlan: “I want to see communication between all of the various people in the community. We need to get the community involved. It’s not just a school building; it’s the whole community.

“I would like to see town boards and (the School Board) collectively look at what we can do to make our school district even more of a shining star.”

Arlan said she wants to establish library resources in rural areas where access is unavailable.

To achieve her goals, she has begun reaching back to her roots in the Rotary Club and establishing international communication. Arlan said these conversations have produced multiple ideas and have expanded her knowledge on how to go about making wise changes and coping with fiscal concerns.

“We have to advocate for education. We have to be visible.”

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SHIR FILLER

Age: 45.

Education: Bachelor of Science in earth science with minor in writing from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Master of Arts for creative writing and literature from New York University.

Occupation: English teacher at North Country Community College.

Civic organizations: Town of Franklin Scholarship Committee; founding member of the Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance.

Family: Husband: Bruce Young; daughter in fourth grade.

CLYDE BAKER

Age: 50.

Education: Accounting and law degree from Clarkson University.

Occupation: Partner in small business, Rice Furniture, in Saranac Lake.

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