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The Times
  • New Ilion-Mohawk board names leaders, begins discussions

  • Newly elected Board of Education members got right to work during their first meeting as school board for the Ilion-Mohawk Central School District Thursday night.

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  • Newly elected Board of Education members got right to work during their first meeting as school board for the Ilion-Mohawk Central School District Thursday night.
    Stephen Coupe — who currently sits as vice-president on the Ilion Central School District board — was unanimously nominated to board president during the meeting at the Gregory B. Jarvis High School in Mohawk.
    William Lennox — who was chairman of the Board of Canvass during the merger meetings — was unanimously nominated as board vice president.
    “First thing we want to do is get this district off and running in smooth transition and in a timely a manner as possible,” Coupe said. “We have a great group of people here.”
    The sentiment was reflected on the more than one dozen people who attended the first meeting.
    “I thought they showed a lot of unity right off the bat,” Mohawk resident Chuck Moyer said. “Each of the board members participated. They weren’t afraid to speak up, and they asked good questions.”
    With a looming budget deadline of four weeks, members were given a brief summary of some of the expenses and revenues with the Ilion and Mohawk school districts.
    Those numbers were not provided to the public during the meeting.
    One of the issues that took precedence was the transportation of students. Currently, Ilion contracts with Bernie Bus and Mohawk has its own buses and drivers, according to Ilion business manager Kenneth Long.
    A transportation transition team — one of several groups made up of students, school officials and community members tasked with brainstorming ideas on several topics — is researching and discussing the best option.
    “That remains to be seen how that works out,” Long said.
    Vicki Judd, who currently is on the Mohawk school board, said she is looking forward to the transition teams’ input.
    “I really believe in the transition teams,” she said. “They live, eat and breathe this.”
    The board members went into executive session toward the end of the meeting to discuss the current superintendent contract.

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