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Dietrich takes over as LP school board president

July 13, 2012

LAKE PLACID - There was little debate Tuesday night as to who would take the gavel and become president of the Lake Placid Central School District Board of Education.

The first order of business during the 2012-13 reorganizational meeting was to elect new school board officers. Martha Stahl quickly nominated Mary Dietrich, who, along with Patti Gallagher, was sworn in earlier in the meeting. Herb Stoerr then nominated Phil Baumbach, who has served as president since 2010, but Baumbach "gratefully declined."

The board voted unanimously to elect Dietrich as president. Janet Smith received the board's full backing for another term as vice president.

"I trust you're in good health," Smith jokingly told Dietrich.

The board also voted unanimously to appoint John Hopkinson to finish out the unexpired term of Jerry Blair, who left the board last month to become interim superintendent of the Northeastern Clinton Central School District. Hopkinson was recommended for the seat after the board reviewed applications and interviewed interested candidates.

The new board members didn't waste any time diving into the discussion. Dietrich and Gallagher, as well as Stoerr, asked a series of questions about a potential new psychology course. They also shared their thoughts about a planned overhaul of the district's technology infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Hopkinson led a successful effort to table a proposal to increase the cost of school meals. He said he wanted more information before the board voted on something that would impact students from low-income families.

At the end of the meeting, taxpayer Linda Wallace said she appreciated the dialogue among board members.



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