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February 23, 2014

Voters to decide City School Board term lengths

PLATTSBURGH — City residents will be asked to vote on whether to shorten the terms of future Plattsburgh School Board members.

At a recent meeting, the board voted 5 to 2 in favor of putting a proposition before taxpayers, at the May 20 budget vote, to decrease School Board terms from five years to three.

“This is something that should be in the voters’ purview,” board member Ron Marino said before the motion was approved.

If passed, the proposition would take effect in 2015-16. It wouldn’t affect the term lengths of current board members or people elected to the board this spring.

To ensure as nearly as possible that an equal number of members is elected to the board each year, the proposition stipulates that one or more of the seats filled in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 be for three-, two- or one-year terms.

“I support moving away from the five-year deal,” board member Dr. David Stone said at the meeting.

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