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The Times
  • Mohawk, Ilion voters pick new Board of Ed

  • The seven Ilion and Mohawk residents who were voted to serve on the new Ilion-Mohawk Central School District school board Wednesday will get right to work in preparation to merge.



    William Lennox, Vicki Judd, Stephen Coupe, Fred Schell, Daniel LaLonde, Matthew Shedd and Walt Roginski were elected Wednesday.

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  • The seven Ilion and Mohawk residents who were voted to serve on the new Ilion-Mohawk Central School District school board Wednesday will get right to work in preparation to merge.
    The winners are as follows:
    •William Lennox, an Ilion resident, received 1,087 votes.
    •Vicki Judd, a sitting Ilion 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 next 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.
    There were 21 candidates to choose from.
    They all will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Gregory B. Jarvis High School auditorium in Mohawk for their first board meeting.
    Officials have said that a merged district would combine programs that are offered at the two schools.
    Many residents who came out to vote Wednesday evening hoped for an even split with members coming from both Ilion and Mohawk. The vote ended up with 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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