June 16, 2013

Two seek one NAC Board seat


---- — ELLENBURG — Two people want to fill on open seat on Northern Adirondack Central School Board, to be decided in a special election on Monday.

Claire Bosley Lambert and Shirley Durnin are vying for the unexpired seat of Stephen Peryea, who recently resigned.

District voters may participate in the special election from noon to 8 p.m. in the District Office lobby, the only polling place.

The candidate who receives the most votes will serve the remaining two years of Peryea’s term, beginning July 1 and ending in June 2015.

Here are the candidates’ responses to questions posed by the Press-Republican:

If elected to the School Board, what would you most like to accomplish?

Bosley Lambert: “As a parent of three current students in the district, I feel it is my civic duty to give all students the opportunity for a quality education with the resources available.

“While I understand it is a challenge at times, I think there are creative ways to make this possible, even with the financial constraints we are faced with. I feel that academic and extra-curricular programs are equally important in the future of all students.”

Durnin: “Our district has made great progress with the EXCEL building project nearing completion. I want to continue needed improvement to our facilities and to maintain the improvements already made, so no expensive costs appear down the road.

“I would offer support and provide opportunities for staff members to obtain needed professional development to assist them when dealing with the new accountability reviews and the new Common Core Standards.

“I also would want to remain current in the role of a School Board member.”

In addition, Durnin said she would continue to promote high academic standards and support opportunities for gifted learners.

How would you go about accomplishing your goal?

Bosley Lambert: “As a new board member, it will take some time to educate myself on the workings of a school board, but I will be sure to listen to taxpayers and the school community.”

Durnin: “It is important to build a collaborative relationship among all stakeholders. With that comes a sense of trust and a dedication to ethical practices and mutual respect.

“My years as a town supervisor have afforded me many opportunities to interact with the public, manage financial assets and make responsible decisions on a daily basis that will benefit all of our children, not just a few.”

How would you balance the fiscal concerns of taxpayers with the education needs of students?

Bosley Lambert: “It seems like it is a constant battle to balance the budget with the educational needs of the students, but I am excited to face this ongoing challenge that all districts are faced with.”

Durnin: “Setting priorities is key. We have to maintain the integrity of programs directly affecting our children first, while still providing a well-balanced education. Studying cost-saving measures that have the least impact on our children would be a priority.”

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Age: 46. 

Education: High-school graduate. 

Occupation: Licensed insurance broker/customer-service representative. 

Civic organizations: Youth Commission, Altona Youth Sports Club. 

Family: Husband,Todd; three children, Noah, 13; Cody, 9; Austin, 6. 


Age: 74. 

Education: Lyon Mountain High School graduate.

Occupation: Retired CVPH Medical Center pharmacy technician; former Town of Dannemora supervisor. 

Civic organizations: Mountain Top Senior Housing Board of Directors, Catholic Daughters of America, Lyon Mountain Fire Department Auxiliary, Lyon Mountain Youth Commission. 

Family: Husband, William Durnin Sr.; four children, Mary Fortin, 55; Fab Durnin, 54; Peggy Tolosky, 53; Bill Durnin Jr., 52.