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May 9, 2014

Three run for two BCS Board seats

BEEKMANTOWN — Three people are vying for two seats on the Beekmantown Central School Board.

The candidates are Joseph N. Coakley, Kenneth W. Maurer Sr. and incumbent Pauline Stone.

Board member April Bingel, whose term expires on June 30, is not seeking re-election.

The candidate receiving the most votes will win a four-year term, while the individual who receives the second-highest number of votes will serve a three-year term.

The Press-Republican posed questions to the candidates.

Why do you believe you would be a good choice for School Board member?

Coakley: "Schools have been an important part of my life, whether as a student, educator, community member and now, a new parent. I have always believed in the hands-on approach to learning, living and problem-solving.

"To serve as a School Board member would allow me the opportunity to work hard to contribute in what I believe to be the most important to all children: their education.

"I would be honored to have the chance to give back to the Beekmantown School community those opportunities that were given to me."

Maurer: "I believe that I am honest, hard working and a team player.

"I have attended 80 percent or more of the School Board meetings for the last three years and served on the committee to find a new Beekmantown School superintendent.

"I am retired, so that will allow me the time to work and serve my community in this capacity."

Stone: "I have served on the Beekmantown School Board for the past five years. I have served on several committees during my term on the board and am fully aware of the accomplishments and hurdles the board has faced in the past five years.

"I am very proud of our students, staff and administrators and would continue to support them.

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