Baker, Filler win Saranac Lake school board seats; budget passes

SARANAC LAKE – An incumbent and a newcomer were the top two vote getters among a field of four candidates in Tuesday’s school board election here.

Clyde Baker won his second term on the board, collecting 452 votes. Shir Filler, an English professor at North Country Community College, received 413 votes in her first run for the board. Each position carries a three-year term.

Incumbent Esther Arlan, who served on the board from 1994 to 2003 and again from 2008 until present, came up short in her re-election bid, collecting 331 votes. Tracey Schrader, who was trying to get back on the board after being unseated last year, received 228 votes.

The district’s 2013-14 budget was approved overwhelmingly, 602 to 139. The $28 million budget will increase spending 2.91 percent over this year and will increase the tax levy 3.67 percent, just below the state property tax cap for the district.

The voters also approved a proposition to collect $137,467 from the taxpayers for the Saranac Lake Free Library by a vote of 581 to 150. A separate proposition to purchase three new school buses at a maximum cost of $330,000 was approved 555 to 165.

Poll workers described turnout as low. A total of 6,999 people were eligible to vote Tuesday, but only 770 showed up at the polls. Last year, 929 people voted.

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