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May 20, 2013

Five run for Beekmantown School Board

BEEKMANTOWN — Andrew Brockway, Michael Hagadorn, Kenneth Maurer Sr. and incumbents Richard LaVigne and Ed Marin are competing for three Beekmantown Central School Board seats. 

The two with the most votes will fill two five-year terms, while the candidate with the third-most votes will fill an unexpired term, from May 21, 2013, until June 30, 2015.

The Press-Republican asked the candidates what they would most like to accomplish and how they would go about reaching those goals. Here’s how they responded:

Brockway: “I think that there is a need for more transparency on the board.”

He suggested using the media, newsletters and sending out agendas far in advance so that interested parties can attend meetings.

“I would like to develop a long-term forecast of the financial outlook of the district so that we can start planning now instead of relying on mass layoffs or tax spikes. I am also in favor of reducing class sizes in order to allow teachers to spend more one-on-one time with students.”

He also favors “consolidating services where feasible and eliminating unnecessary expenses, such as adding administrative positions.”

Hagadorn: “I believe the district can be more efficient with the resources it has.”

He noted inefficiencies in teacher scheduling and bus routes, and said transportation and fuel costs could be reduced. He’d like to see natural gas extended to district buildings for more savings.

“Significant savings could be found in providing an excellent supplemental health-insurance plan for our well-deserving (over) 65 retired employees,” he added. “Let me be clear — I believe the retired employees, who are often on fixed incomes, should not suffer in any way; however, currently, there is double coverage for services with the existing plan and Medicare.”

LaVigne: “I’d like to maintain the current staffing, programming and services and stay under the tax cap, which the state has imposed.”

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