MADRID - Two people are running for an open seat on the Madrid-Waddington Central School Board of Education while an incumbent is unopposed in his quest for another term.
Two seats expire this year: those of Jeffrey Dominy and Gerald Molnar. Mr. Molnar is running unopposed for another five-year term.
Andrew A. Bracy and Jacquelyn A. Brown are seeking Mr. Dominys seat, which carries a five-year term.
Mr. Bracy, of Madrid, said he wants to join the school board to improve the education for his and other children in the district
He served in the Navy for four years, and has worked for Brookfield Power, Potsdam, for the past 12 years.
As a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy, Mr. Bracy said he prefers a smaller school environment in which to educate his daughters: Ashleigh, who recently graduated from Madrid-Waddington, and Emily, who is in seventh grade.
I would like my daughter to have the same opportunities that I had as a kid, he said. My focus will be saving what we have without increasing the tax burden on the district.
He said, ideally, he would like bring back some of the junior varsity athletic programs, art and music. He said he is still learning about the board, but has no problem jumping in with both feet and learning as I go.
Mrs. Brown, of Waddington, said she also decided to run to preserve educational opportunities for her children, who will be attending school in the district.
Daughter Abbie currently attends universal pre-kindergarten, while her son, Reece, will be attending next fall. Mrs. Browns stepchildren attend Norword-Norfolk Central School.
We have been having a discussions at home regularly about the core curriculum, she said. Id like to see the programs come back that they cut. I am a Madrid-Waddington graduate who benefited from sports and music programs, and I dont want to see any more of those cut.
She said she favors more sharing of services, but not an increase in taxes.
Mrs. Brown, a 911 dispatcher for St. Lawrence County, is also an honorary member of the Waddington Volunteer Rescue Squad and a member of the American Legion.
I like to help people, she said. It started with EMS back in 1996. I thought this would be a great way to try something new.
The school board election is May 21; the polls will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. In addition to selecting a new board member, voters will also decide whether to approve a $14,793,075 budget that would raise the tax levy by 5.18 percent. The board is also seeking voter approval of two propositions: one to allow the purchase of two buses and one passenger van, not to exceed $250,000; and to purchase a kitchen steam cooker and kettle, not to exceed $40,000.