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Newcomer vies for open CPCS board post

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COLTON - Voters in the Colton-Pierrepont Central School District will be selecting two members for the district’s Board of Education on Tuesday.

Cindy McLean is challenging incumbents Jeffery Angleberger and Kayc Stone for the two open seats on the board, a four-year post that bexpires on June 30, 2018.

Mr. Angleberger is the third-longest tenured member on the current board with 12 years of experience under his belt. He noted that during his time, which has included three year runs as president and vice president, he has seen many changes in the district.

“We’ve reduced a number of administrators, reduced a number of staff, reduced a number of support staff, rearranged personnel and pulled services back from BOCES, all because of the constant budget struggles,” Mr. Angleberger said.

“We’ve done what we’ve had to do and in almost every instance we’ve done it in advance of it needing to be done. So we’ve been able to avoid layoffs. We’ve done it through attrition, and we’ve done it through looking forward.”

He added that due to his experience as the president of the board he has become a better board member and he feels that it is an advantage he brings to the race.

The father of four children who have gone through the district’s school system, Mr. Angleberger said that in the beginning of his school board service budgets were being passed with significantly lower increases due to more state aid.

The implementation of the Common Core curriculum is something that Mr. Angleberger has not been thrilled with ,and he feels that it will be an issue in the coming years.

“It becomes a problem because everybody’s arguing about it, everybody’s talking bad about it. It does has it upsides but there are also detractors that have very valid points going forward and you have to listen to those points,” he said. “I’m one of the biggest ones. I literally don’t trust the curriculum developers - I’m not talking about the teachers in our schools - I’m talking about the hired private developers and the book manufacturers. I don’t trust them to be honest in their book development to not incorporate political viewpoints that they favor over just the facts.”

Mrs. Stone is vying for her second term on the board.

The 1996 CPCS graduate moved back to the hamlet 10 years ago and currently has two children in the school district. Her oldest son graduated from Colton-Pierrepont in 2013.

“I have a strong love for this school. I went here, my children go here, and I’ve been in this district since birth. I want to see it succeed and continue for years to come,” Mrs. Stone said.

The incumbent owns and runs a daycare in Potsdam while also co-leading the nursery ministry at the New Hope Community Church.

She said that following her graduation from Colton-Pierrepont, she attended Clarkson University and then lived in Boston for four years. Her love for the Colton community was always resonant though.

“When it was time to start a family, I wanted to raise them here and that’s why I came back. I wanted my kids to grow up running through the fields like we did,” Mrs. Stone said.

Ms. McLean has lived in Colton since 2000 and has two young children in the school system. She credited CPCS’s reputation as the main influence for her decision to move to Colton.

The challenger currently works part-time as an occupational therapist for Health Services of Northern New York in Potsdam and also serves on various committees in Colton.

“I am currently on the Economic Enhancement Committee in Colton and it’s interesting to me because I think that being on the school board and on the Colton Enhancement Committee is a really nice marriage. Both of them play a key role in promoting the community. We’ve already got some partnerships established with the school with different projects,” Ms. McLean said. “If I am involved in both settings it’d be absolutely perfect.”

Ms. McLean is also a member of the Beautification and Tourism Committee and through that group has taken part in various Colton Clean-up days in the spring.

“I’m not the type of person to stir the pot for the sake of stirring the pot. I want to make sure that good, quality ingredients are going into the pot and then I will help stir it. I feel that you have to be involved and look at things with an open mind from all different angles. I also want to make sure that truly we have one of the best schools around and that that continues,” she said.

Voting for both the 2014-2015 budget and the board of education election will take place from 12 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Colton-Pierrepont Central School.

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