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Cowen re-elected as Potsdam school board president

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POTSDAM — Christopher C. Cowen was unanimously re-elected to a second, one-year term as Potsdam Central School’s Board of Education president.

Serving as vice president this year will be Ralph L. Fuller, who was also unanimously elected.

Neither man faced opposition.

The board also voted unanimously Tuesday night to increase tuition rates for nondistrict residents who attend school in Potsdam.

For students in kindergarten through grade six, tuition will rise from $3,302 to $3,535 for the year.

The increase for high school students is significantly more, rising nearly 20 percent from $6,970 to $8,353 for the year.

“Some districts do not accept tuition paying students, but we do,” said Superintendent Patrick H. Brady, who noted the amount charged by the district is based on recommendations from the state education department.

When asked how many students would be impacted by the increase, Business Manager Laura Hart replied, “a handful,” noting that several tuition paying students graduated from the district this year.

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