School board president says goodbye

TUPPER LAKE – School board President Dan Mansfield took time at the end of Monday’s school board meeting to say farewell to his colleagues on the board and the school community.

Mansfield was voted off the board in May elections as the lowest vote-getter of three candidates. Dawn Hughes retained her seat on the school board, and Trish Anrig will take Mansfield’s place. The board will elect a new president when Anrig starts and the board holds an organizational meeting at the beginning of July.

Mansfield said he will likely be at the budget hearing scheduled for Monday, but he will be out of town on business the week of high school graduation and the second vote on the district’s 2013-14 school budget. The district’s first budget, which would have overridden the state-imposed tax cap, failed by a public vote of 685 to 512.

So at this Monday’s school board meeting, Mansfield thanked the community for giving him the opportunity to serve it.

“It’s been a great 10 years,” Mansfield said.

He also thanked his fellow school board members past and present, saying they were always professional and made decisions with both the taxpayers and students in mind.

He noted that the board has many challenges ahead, since the district has had a hard time balancing its budget with reductions in state aid. He noted that the district plans to use $500,000 in reserve money next year to lessen the tax increase.

Mansfield said the thing that always gave him faith during his years on the school board was meeting students and seeing their presentations to the board.

“They just blow my mind away,” Mansfield said.

He said he hopes he did a good job for them, and he knows the community will be in good hands in the future because of the quality of its young people.

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