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Board of eduction elections across St. Lawrence County scheduled for May

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Board of education elections are May 21, and that means petitions are beginning to circulate as candidates step forward.

At the Ogdensburg City School District, Board of Education President Frederick P. Bean is the only member whose five-year term is up.

“I fully intend on running again,” Mr. Bean said.

Petitions for the Ogdensburg seat are due in the district office by April 24.

One seat is also up for grabs in the Massena Central School District with Michael J. LeBire’s five-year term expiring this year. Mr. LeBire, chair of the district’s Finance Committee, said he is unsure if he will seek another term.

Mr. LeBire had first been elected in 2006 to a two-year to fill a seat that had been held by Robert Thompson. He was elected to a full term in 2008.

Petitions are due to the Massena district office by April 22. So far no official petitions have been picked up.

Potsdam

The Potsdam Central School Board of Education will have three vacancies, each for a full three-year term.

The seats are currently held by Thomas W. Hobbs, Mark R. Frascatore and Ralph L. Fuller.

Mr. Hobbs and Mr. Fuller have picked up petitions. And Mr. Frascatore has indicated that he does not plan on running for re-election. Donald Cannamela has also picked up a petition to run for the board.

Completed petitions are due in the district office in Potsdam by April 22.

Gouverneur

Petitions in the run for the Gouverneur Central School Board are due back by April 22. The three-year terms of Roger B. Cook, Laurie M. Roberts and Barry R. Smith are up for election.

Madrid-Waddington

Petitions for nominating candidates for Madrid-Waddington Central School’s Board of education are due at the district office by April 22.

Two board members’ terms are expiring this year: Jeffrey Dominy and Gerald Molnar. Neither is seeking re-election and voters will select two new board members to serve five-year terms.

Madrid-Waddington will also have two referendums on the ballot on May 21. The first measure will allow the purchase of two buses and one passenger van, not to exceed $250,000.

The other referendum will allow the district to purchase a Kitchen Steam Cooker and Kettle, not to exceed $40,000.

Parishville-Hopkinton

There will be two seats on the ballot this year. District Clerk Lori Witherell said both seats are full five-year terms with the seats held by James Youngs and the late Steve Wilson up for grabs.

Mr. Wilson’s seat is currently held Daniel Taylor, who took over last spring following Mr. Wilson’s death.

Ms. Witherell said Mr. Taylor and Mr. Youngs have picked up petitions.

The deadline to return petitions, which may be picked up at the district office, is April 19.

Colton-Pierrepont

The Colton-Pierrepont Central School District will have one full four-year term to fill on its board.

District Clerk Diane Ladison said that seat is currently held by Jo Ann Roberts, who had picked up a petition to run for re-election. A second candidate, Scott Baxter has also picked up a petition to run.

Petitions are available in the district office and must be returned by April 19.

Norwood-Norfolk

In Norwood-Norfolk, three seats will be available this year. They’re currently held by board President Jon D. Hazen and board members Stephanie Allen and Suzanne Fiacco. They are for three-year terms.

Mr. Hazen, Ms. Fiacco and Ms. Allen had finished as the top three vote-getters in May 2010, earning three-year seats on the board.

Petitions are due to the district clerk by the end of the day April 22. Petitions had been given to the incumbents, but none have been returned and no others have picked up petitions as of this week.

St. Lawrence Central

Two five-year seats will be available this year in the St. Lawrence Central School District. They are currently held by board President James K. Lattimer and board member Bethany L. St. Hilaire.

Mr. Lattimer first came to the board in April 2006 to fill a seat that had been vacated by Arthur Siebert. That term ended in June 30, 2006, and Mr. Lattimer was elected that year for a five-year term that expired in 2011. He was reelected in 2011 to fill a two-year seat that opened with the resignation of former board member William Sullivan.

Ms. St. Hilaire was elected to a five-year term in 2008.

Petitions are due to the district clerk by 5 p.m. April 22. Mr. Lattimer and Ms. St. Hilaire have picked up petitions, as has newcomer Kathlene Walsh.

Morristown

In Morristown three seats are up for grabs this year.

Petitions for candidates interested in running for seats held by Vice President Darrell Merkel or board members Jane Kring and Mary Anne Bailey are due April 22.

Terms in Morristown are three years each.

Ms. Bailey submitted her petition on Tuesday. So far there’s no word whether Mr. Merkel or Ms. Kring intend on running for re-election.

Clifton-Fine

Three seats are also up for reelection at Clifton-Fine Central School with petitions for the three-year positions due April 22.

Seats held by Board President Michelle L. Durham and members Robert P. Tebo III and Richard W. Hitchman are up for grabs.

Lisbon

One seat on the Lisbon Central School Board of Education is also up for grabs this year with Tammy Amo’s five-year term expiring.

At this point Mrs. Amo is “undecided” about whether she will run for re-election.

Petitions can be picked up at the district’s office and are due by April 22.

Due to Easter break, it could not be confirmed whose seats are up for election in the Canton, Hermon-DeKalb and Edwards-Knox schol districts.

Staff writers Bob Beckstead, Martha Ellen, Benny Fairchild and Amanda Purcell contributed to this report.

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