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  • Seven elected to Ilion-Mohawk school board

  • The new Ilion-Mohawk Central School District now has a board of education that includes some current school board members, a returning board member and some newcomers.

    Voters went to the polls Wednesday to choose seven board members from among the 21 candidates who appeared on the ballot.

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  • The new Ilion-Mohawk Central School District now has a board of education that includes some current school board members, a returning board member and some newcomers.
    Voters went to the polls Wednesday to choose seven board members from among the 21 candidates who appeared on the ballot.
    Elected to three-year terms on the board were William Lennox, of Ilion, Vicki Judd, of Mohawk, and Stephen Coupe, of Ilion. Lennox had 1,087 votes, Judd received 862 and Coupe, 850. Their terms will expire June 30, 2016. Lennox, a longtime local businessman, served as chairman of the board of canvass for the merger vote. Judd has served on the Mohawk school board for two years. Coupe is vice president of the Ilion school board and has been a member of the board since 1997.
    Fred Schell, of Mohawk, and Daniel LaLonde, of Ilion, were elected to two-year terms with 802 and 760 votes, respectively. Their terms will expire June 30, 2015. Schell is a local businessman. LaLonde is a 14-year member of the Ilion school board and currently serves as its president.
    Matthew Shedd, of Ilion, received 690 votes and Walt Roginski, of Mohawk, 661, to be elected to one-year terms, expiring June 30, 2014. Shedd is a corporate officer for a local insurance company. Roginski served on the Mohawk school board for 13 years.
    The candidates receiving the greatest number of votes were elected to the longer terms in accordance with New York State Education Law.
    Also receiving votes were: Robert Bronner, 657; Deborah Schoff, 535; Bonnie Coffin, 521; James Vitale, 507; M. Bridget McKinley, 503; Thomas Goldin, 465; Jeffrey Sperl, 436; Lori Sementilli, 366; Robert Berger, 290; Edward Jackson, 243; Hans Hendrick, 235; Jennifer Pedersen, 209; Melissa Reed, 105; and Orlo Burch, 99.
    The new board was scheduled to conduct its organizational meeting Thursday evening at Jarvis High School in Mohawk.
    Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua was to convene the meeting, administer the oath of office to the new members, conduct the election for board president and swear in the new president, who was then expected to preside over the remainder of the meeting.
    Ilion and Mohawk voters went to the polls in February and approved a proposal to merge the two districts. Also on the ballot were propositions on the number of school board members and the length of their terms.
    The merger study had begun with the Ilion and Mohawk school districts. Herkimer and Frankfort-Schuyler also joined to make it a four-school study, but Frankfort-Schuyler voters rejected the plan in a straw vote and Herkimer voters turned it down in a binding vote for a three-school merger last fall.
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