May 9, 2014

School Board candidate removed from ballot

CROWN POINT — The Crown Point School Board has taken the unusual step of removing a candidate from the election ballot for alleged non-residency in the district.

Ronald Moore was one of five people who filed for a School Board seat in the May 20 school election.

But at a special meeting April 29, the School Board voted unanimously to exclude him from the ballot.


Superintendent Shari Brannock said there were questions about whether Ryan lived in Crown Point, and he was asked to provide proof of residency.

“The documentation provided by Mr. Ryan was reviewed (at the special meeting),” she said.

“It showed he moved to the district July 23, 2013. State Education Law says an individual must be a resident at least one year prior to the election.

“It was determined he was ineligible.”

She said Ryan was not at the special meeting.


Ryan suffered a terrific loss on Jan. 24, when his Crown Point business, Frenchy’s Ice Cream Parlor, was destroyed by fire.

He and his family had been living in an apartment above the Main Street snack bar, but they moved to a house on Sugar Hill Road in Crown Point after the fire.

The district is alleging that Ryan lived in Ticonderoga prior to his residency in Crown Point.


The board’s decision leaves four candidates running for four seats on the School Board: incumbents Morgan Sprague, Jacalyn Popp and Terry Ross and newcomer Florence St. Pierre-Sears.

Up for election are three three-year terms and an unexpired two-year term created by the resignation in March of Kathy DeBrobander.

The top three vote-getters will receive the three-year terms, and the fourth will get the two-year post.


The resolution passed by the School Board on Ryan reads:

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