“The current funding (state) aid formulas are very inequitable for the Adirondack Park districts and put our students at a distinct disadvantage with students in the rest of the state.
“This organized effort is long overdue, and I will do everything I can to bring this matter to fruition.”
ROBERT PALANDRANI JR.
Ticonderoga and Hague’s lakefront areas make the state think the district is well off so state aid is less, Palandrani said, but that isn’t really the case.
“It’s frustrating with the state. They have us ranked with Lake George. But we have a high poverty rate.”
He said the staff made salary concessions three years in a row, but a lack of state aid forced cutbacks in their proposed budget this year.
“It’s not our fault. The system doesn’t work; it’s broken. I’d like to the state to come back and fix our situation. I think it’s at a state level.”
As a School Board member he must balance concerns of parents, taxpayers and staff, he said.
“We’re trying to balance what’s best for everyone without taking away from the children.”
Russell, who’s completing his third term on the School Board, said the district offers many positive opportunities to the community, families and students.
“We need to continue to focus on long-term objectives in programs, facilities, collective bargaining and cost management.
“The district, with board support, must continue to explore and develop shared-service programs like we conduct with Crown Point and Schroon Lake or participate in merger studies with area districts, like the current one with Crown Point.
“We recently completed a building project that greatly improved our school safety, building efficiencies, program opportunities and technology infrastructure.”
He said greater citizen involvement and communications about district issues would help the community.