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May 14, 2013

Four eye Salmon River Board seats

SALMON RIVER — The capital project defeated in March is the biggest issue raised by four candidates competing for two five-year seats on the Salmon River Central School Board.

Incumbents Emily Lauzon and Judy Stark are challenged by Roger LaPage and Peter Ghostlaw.

The Press-Republican asked each of them what they believe is the biggest challenge facing the district and how they would tackle it. Here’s what they had to say:

Roger LaPage: “We should be using effective communication to make information available. Schools need to talk to parents and staff. We need to keep the budget reasonable and look for ways to reduce the tax burden.

“I think you need to sit down with the Board of Education and with the superintendent, and the superintendent has to work with the board, too — it’s a two-way street. 

Emily Lauzon: She believes the biggest challenge to the district is “improving our buildings.

“I thought we did a great job on educating our community on what needs to be changed with the capital project we’re working on. I think it’s so important to improve the technology and make sure the school system is a safe environment.

“And as (School Board) vice president for the past year, I’ve been about transparency.

“And I believe common sense is one of the best tools you can use.”

Judy Stark: “A capital project we had was voted down in March; we’re looking to revise that and bring it to the voters again. There is an infrastructure project that needs to be taken care of and some physical concerns.”

Stark, an incumbent, said that her plan is to work with the architect and reach out to the community for more input. 

“We’re concerned about the timing of this as far, as the financial aspect. I’m a longtime member of the Audit Committee, so I’m very familiar with the budget and where the sources of aid come from. All this adds to my experience.

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