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May 17, 2013

Four seek Ti School Board seats


“During this time of year, there tends to be an increased amount of negative communications due to school budget discussions and details associated with those efforts. In this next term, I would like to see continued improvement with community engagement and district communications to support the long-term objective planning.”

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TRACEY CROSS-BAKER Town: Ticonderoga. Age: 44. Education: Ticonderoga High School graduate; bachelor's degree in government and sociology, St. Lawrence University; master's in higher education and student affairs administration, University of Vermont; advanced studies certificate, school counseling, SUNY Plattsburgh. Occupation: Director, Center for Career Development, SUNY Plattsburgh. Civic organizations: Chair, Distinguished Young Woman of Ticonderoga Scholarship Program; member and past president, Ticonderoga Parent-Teacher Organization; St. Mary's Folk Group; National Association of Colleges and Employers; College Student Personnel Association of New York state; Ticonderoga Elementary School Playground Committee. Family: Husband, Stuart; children: Douglas, grade 7, and Chloe, grade 3. R. WILLIAM GRINNELL Town: Ticonderoga. Age: 66. Education: SUNY Canton, two years. Occupation: Building contractor, retired. Previous School Board experience: Ticonderoga School Board, 15 years, 1984-96 and 2010-2013. Civic organizations: Ticonderoga Elks, Ticonderoga Masons, Ticonderoga Little League. Military service: U.S. Army National Guard. Family: Wife, Laurie; three grown children and one son, Lucas, in school. ROBERT PALANDRANI JR. Town: Ticonderoga. Age: 47. Education: Queensbury High School. Occupation: Marina owner. Civic organizations: Knights of Columbus. Previous School Board experience: Ticonderoga School Board since 2004. Family: Wife, Pamela; four children: two adults, one in High School headed to college and one in Middle School. MARK RUSSELL Town: Ticonderoga. Age: 52. Education: College of St. Joseph, bachelor's degree; North Country Community College, associate's degree. Occupation: Northeast region manager, Customer Technical Service, International Paper. Civic organizations: Ticonderoga Country Club Board of Directors; Youth sports volunteer, coach and umpire; Knights of Columbus. Previous School Board experience: Ticonderoga School Board since 2004. Family: Five children: three grown, graduates of Ticonderoga High School, and two in High School.

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