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The Times
  • Mohawk, Ilion residents elect their 7 school board members

  • The seven members of the newly formed Ilion-Mohawk Central School District are getting right to work in preparation for the two-district merger.

    They will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the Gregory B. Jarvis High School auditorium in Mohawk for their first board meeting.

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  • The seven members of the newly formed Ilion-Mohawk Central School District are getting right to work in preparation for the two-district merger.

    They will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the Gregory B. Jarvis High School auditorium in Mohawk for their first board meeting.
    There were 21 candidates to choose from in Wednesday's elections. Here are the top seven chosen for the board:
    * William Lennox, an Ilion resident, received 1,087 votes.
    * Vicki Judd, a sitting Mohawk school board member, received 862 votes.
    * Stephen Coupe, a sitting Ilion school board member, received 850 votes.
    * Fred Schell, a Mohawk resident, received 802 votes.
    * Daniel LaLonde, a sitting Ilion school board member, received 760 votes.
    * Matthew Shedd, an Ilion resident, received 690 votes.
    * Walt Roginski, a former board member for Mohawk, received 661 votes.
    The top three vote-getters will serve a three-year term, expiring June 30, 2016 -- the following two will serve a two-year term, expiring June 30, 2015 -- and the final two will serve a one-year term, expiring June 30, 2014.
    Many residents who came out to vote Wednesday hoped for an even-split with members coming from both Ilion and Mohawk. The vote resulted in five from Ilion and two from Mohawk.
    Ilion resident Janet Darling Wednesday said she wants to see a smooth transition.
    “Addressing the needs of the kids for both Ilion and Mohawk” is the top priority, she said.
    Mohawk resident Renee Williams echoed Darling’s sentiments.
    “I’d like to see (the members) be there for the kids,” she said.
    The merged district will gain $42.2 million in state aid over 14 years. The first five years the district will receive about $4.4 million a year, according to the merger study. In the sixth year, it will receive about $4 million, continuing to decrease about 4 percent each year thereafter.

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