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Lowville Academy Hosting Budget Hearing and Meet the Candidates Night for Board of Education Candidates May 13

 

Published: May 3, 2024 at 10:30 a.m.

 

 

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Description automatically generatedLowville, NY- The Lowville Academy & Central School District has scheduled their annual Budget Hearing and Meet the Candidates night for Board of Education candidates for this evening, May 13, 2024, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the elementary school cafeteria, ahead of the May 21 budget vote and board elections.

 

The district has proposed a 2024-25 budget of $30,718,485, an increase of $570,693 or 1.89% over the 2023-24 budget, which is largely due to increases in salaries and benefits according to the district’s budget newsletter. The projected tax levy will increase by 2.49 percent, below the allowable limit. Based on tentative property value increases in the district, the true tax rate- including the current library levy- is expected to be $6.54 per $1,000 of assessed value according to the district. For more information and a detailed look at the specifics of the proposed spending plan and the accompanying funding priorities of the Board of Education you can view the district’s 2024-25 Budget Newsletter here.

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION INFORMATION (As provided in the District’s 2024-25 Budget Newsletter)

 

The Lowville Academy Board of Education is made up of nine trustees who serve three-year terms. Board members serve as the community’s representatives in all matters of instruction, operations and finance. Each year, three Board of Education seats are up for election. Current members Mr. Michael Judd and Dr. Shereen Palmer are running for reelection. Mrs. Stacey McConnell will not run for an additional term. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Mrs. McConnell for her dedicated service and commitment to the students, staff and entire school community as a Board member over the last three years.

 

INCUMBENT CANDIDATES RUNNING UNOPPOSED

 

Mr. Michael Judd is seeking his fourth term as a Board member of Lowville Academy. Mr. Judd serves on the finance/facilities and personnel committees. Mr. Judd is the Executive Director of Beaver Camp and lives in Lowville with his wife Jeanna. They have two children, both graduates of Lowville Academy.

 

Dr. Shereen Palmer is a graduate of Hamilton College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She lives in Lowville with her husband Dr. Steven Lyndaker and their son Andrew, who is a rising senior. They have four older daughters who also attended and graduated from Lowville Academy. Dr. Palmer is a pediatrician at Lowville Medical Associates and a member of the medical staff at Lewis County Health Systems. She is also actively involved with Beaver Camp, Maple Ridge Center and the Lowville Mennonite Church. She is running for her second term on the school board because she wants to “advocate for the needs of our community’s children and adolescents and support the hard work and ongoing development of our highly committed faculty and staff.”

 

CANDIDATES SEEKING ELECTION

 

Mr. Andrew Jennings is running for the board seat being vacated by Mrs. Stacey McConnell. Mr. Jennings is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in soil science. Andrew and his wife Heather are the parents of six children; their youngest is a current student at LACS. Mr. Jennings is a self-employed business owner and farmer. He enjoys skiing, sailing, hiking and carpentry and is a Republican committee member, part-time minister in church and has also worked as an election poll worker and substitute teacher. Andrew is interested in serving on the board because “I am a parent of a Lowville student, and I want to help LACS remain the excellent school that it has been for years - providing a traditional, rigorous education in an encouraging environment for our young citizens.”

 

Mr. Michael Young is running for the board seat being vacated by Mrs. Stacey McConnell. Mr. Young is a graduate of LACS and earned a BA from SUNY Albany and a JD from Albany Law School. He is an attorney and partner at Young Law Office. Mike and his wife Kathleen are the parents of six children. Mr. Young states, “My reason for serving on the Board hasn’t changed over the past 30 plus years. I want to be involved in the decisions that will shape the future of the Lowville Academy and Central School District. I believe my perspective regarding financial stability, educational opportunities, and community involvement will be invaluable. One of my goals has always been to work together to provide all our students with a positive educational experience that will last a lifetime and set into motion a bright future filled with opportunities.” Mike is also a member of the Jeff-Lewis BOCES Board of Education, President of the Board of Managers of the Lewis County Health System, Chairman of the Town/Village of Lowville Recreation Board and a member of the Snow Belt Housing Company Board of Directors.

 

 

 

 

 

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