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Michael R. Flick not running for Watertown Board of Education reelection

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The president of the Watertown City School District Board of Education is giving up his seat.

After serving the district for eight years, Michael R. Flick is not running for re-election to the board.

“I do have some things I want to be more involved with,” he said in an email Monday. “Some are professional and some are personal, and I will leave it at that. I am not leaving due to bad blood or a rift of any kind. My involvement, especially over the last three years, has been intensive and it is time consuming, and much like deciding to run, the decision not to run was not based on a single item.”

Candidates had a deadline of 5 p.m. Friday to submit petitions; he did not file.

Mr. Flick, who works as the regional state Department of Transportation public information officer, served the past three years as board president. He said he is ready to give other residents an opportunity to serve on the board.

“As far as why I decided to run eight years ago, there was no single issue that drove me to seek a seat, and I tell people who ask about running that if you have an axe to grind or are a single-issue candidate, it will be a tough row to hoe,” he wrote.

He said he originally decided to run for the board in 2005 because of his interest in education and desire to be more involved in the district, among other things.

In an interview at the time he first ran, he said, “There’s only so much you can do through the PTO.”

At the time, his daughters Ashley and Hayden both attended Knickerbocker Elementary School.

During his eight years on the board, he served on all five board committees, but spent the most time on the Finance, Audit and Facilities Committee, Curriculum Committee and Policy Committee.

He said he felt the Facilities Committee was the most natural for him to join because of his engineering background. He graduated from Clarkson University, Potsdam, in 1990 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.

“As far as accomplishments, I would like to think I have played a part in redeveloping the physical spaces that make up the Watertown City School District,” he said. “I am a firm believer in pride of place, and I want the kids to be proud of the building that is their ‘home.’”

He already has informed Superintendent Terry N. Fralick of his willingness to continue serving on district committees or a board appointment if a board member resigns during his term. Mr. Fralick was not available for comment.

“I can tell you I will miss the ceremonies in which a kid who has worked hard gets to walk across the stage and enjoy their moment in the sun,” Mr. Flick said. “I will miss the handshakes and smiles.”

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