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Lake Placid school budget passes; Preston, Hopkinson elected to board

May 22, 2013

LAKE PLACID - Voters here overwhelmingly passed the 2013-14 school budget Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Rick Preston was the top vote-getter in the race for two three-year terms on the Lake Placid Central School District Board of Education. Incumbent John Hopkinson won the other open seat.

Next school year's budget totals $17,264,976 and will increase the tax levy by 3 percent.

"I'm thrilled by the vote and the support," school board President Mary Dietrich said. "It's great. I just think that this is the final piece of getting the foundation together for us to move forward. That's what this positive vote allows us to do now."

The final vote tally for the budget was 401-88.

A separate, 427-61 vote authorized the district to lease on wheelchair passenger bus for a period not to exceed five years, at a cost of no more than $19,000.

Voters also chose to support the district's Energy Savings Capital Project by a 420-68 margin. The district can now seek an additional 10 percent in state building aid for the project, which includes replacement of an electric boiler at the elementary school.

Preston, Adirondack Health's director of rehabilitation and sports medicine, garnered 333 votes and will be sworn in prior to the end of the school year. Hopkinson received 295 votes and will be sworn in at the board's organizational meeting in July.

"I want to thank everybody who supported me," Preston said. "I'll work 100 percent for all of the stakeholders, including the students, teachers and the administrative staff."

Jennifer Tufano came in a close third with 282 votes and was upbeat despite the loss.

"I really appreciated the opportunity, and I was happy to be encouraged to put my name forward and talk about some of the things that are important to me," she said. "I think John and Rick are going to be great assets to the board. Hearing what they had to say - the voters couldn't go wrong. ... Everything that's happening in our district is positive, everybody is moving forward - it's a brand-new start. I look forward to staying involved in one capacity or another."

Tufano is a member of the elementary school's FRIENDS group and has two daughters in the district.

According to unofficial totals, 517 people voted Tuesday, down significantly from the more than 800 people who voted last year.

Contact Chris Morris at 891-2600 ext. 25 or cmorris@



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