When voters head to the polls on May 21 to vote on each school district’s budget, they will also have the opportunity to vote for candidates running for school board.
The Milford Teachers’ Association will provide district voters with the chance to get to know the candidate running for the board of education with a meet the candidates’ night at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. The event will be held in the cafeteria and questions have been prepared by the 12th-grade social studies class.
Four candidates will vie for three seats. Board president, Susan Ward, and vice president, Paul Beisler, will be seeking re-election along with current board member Ken Stanford. William Konchar is looking to become a new face on the board.
Cooperstown will not be hosting a meet the candidates’ night because there will be nobody opposing Mary Leonard and Andrew Marietta, whose terms expire in June.
Cherry Valley- Springfield Central School has two new candidates, Barbara VanSpanje and Gregory Lowry, running for one seat. The seat was held by Corey Webster, who was voted off the board in April because of his frequent unexplained absences. He was elected in 2008 and his term was going to expire this year.
The board is required to appoint an interim member or call a special election within 90 days of the vacancy; however, with the election nearing, the consensus of the board was that they would take no steps to fill the position before then.
Board president Robert Tabor and members Kevin Lennebacker, Hilary Lusk and Jeffrey Wait voted to declare the position vacant. Kathleen Taylor voted against it. Frank McGrath was not present.
According to statistics presented by Wait, Webster had missed three consecutive meetings at least once before, had 23 absences during his five-year term and was absent or not available for full meetings 47 percent of the time.