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May 17, 2013

Four seek Ti School Board seats

TICONDEROGA — Four people are seeking to fill three Ticonderoga Central School Board seats up for election.

Incumbents R. William Grinnell, Robert Palandrani Jr. and Mark Russell and challenger Tracey Cross-Baker square off in the election, to be held noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the High School and Hague Community Center.

The terms are for three years, and the top three vote-getters will take the seats.

The Press-Republican asked the candidates what they’d like to see the district accomplish if they’re elected. Here are their answers:

TRACEY CROSS-BAKER

A lifelong educator, she said she has devoted her career to helping students at all levels prepare for success in school, life and work.

“I am a candidate for the Board of Education because I believe it is essential to have parent and student input in critical decisions that face the School District.

“Going forward, district priorities should include: ensuring an affordable yet comprehensive educational program for all students; improved communication between the school, families and taxpayers; and proactive efforts to address the funding challenges ahead.

“It will take creative thinking, fiscal responsibility and dedicated community collaboration to address these timely issues. I welcome the opportunity to represent our taxpayers and families and to support our students and staff to ensure this district remains a strong and innovative school for years to come.”

R. WILLIAM GRINNELL

He supports the Adirondack Initiative, which seeks to improve the state’s funding formula for rural school districts.

“I am seeking re-election to the School Board to further the momentum of the Adirondack Initiative, developed by the Ticonderoga District. We now have well over 20 other districts and municipal groups, towns, villages and counties that have joined with us in supporting our position.

“I feel this resolution, when presented to our state leaders, will result in significant changes in how rural schools are funded.

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