May 16, 2014

Four seek Schroon School Board seats

SCHROON LAKE — Four candidates are seeking two open seats on the Schroon Lake School Board.

Incumbent Robert Claus, along with Eric Welch, Bruce Murdock and Terry Wisser are running for open terms of five and three years.

The highest vote-getter will serve the five-year term, and the next highest, the three-year post.

Claus was appointed to the board earlier this year and is serving out an unexpired term. Board member Dianne Tyrrell isn’t running for re-election.


The Press-Republican asked the candidates what they’d like to accomplish if elected and whether there are specific local issues they would like to address. These are their answers:

Claus: “I’m all about the arts. I want to preserve that in these difficult times. Small schools like Schroon Lake are having great difficulties with the (state) tax cap. I’d like to keep the school viable and the programs strong for the kids.”

Schroon Lake Central Superintendent Bonnie Finnessey recently announced her resignation for health reasons, and Claus said he’d like to help choose her successor.

“I’d like to be involved in the search for a new superintendent. One of the most important functions a board has is finding a superintendent.”

Murdock: “We’re looking for a new school leader. Between BOCES and our local district, I’ve done six superintendent searches. That experience may be helpful.”

Murdock said he believes Schroon Lake students could benefit from some tech training.

“I’m a strong supporter of technical education. That’s why I’ve been on the BOCES Board for so many years. I want to make sure we use the resources we get wisely and provide as many programs as we can for kids.”

Welch: “My goal would be to have all board decision-making through the lens of student success. Meeting that goal does require responsible spending of our district budget. We talk about continuing our solvency in our small district and maintaining a competitive edge.”

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