Hudson school board trims terms for members

HUDSON–The Hudson City School District Board of Education voted to reduce terms from five to three years at its meeting April 11.

Also at the April 11 meeting, Superintendent Dr. Maria Suttmeier reported on her efforts to get crossing guards for the John L. Edwards Primary School in Hudson.

With five-year terms, personal developments unforeseen at the beginning of the term frequently forced members to resign before the end of their terms. In addition, most nearby districts have school board terms of three years. With the change, current school board members will serve until the original end of their terms and one term beginning July 2016 will last five years to spread term expiration dates more evenly over years. But all other new terms will last only three years.

On Tuesday, May 17 district residents will vote on the annual school budget and elect three board members. Because of the mix of completed and open uncompleted terms, one elected member will get serve 2 years, one 3 years and one 5 years. The more votes a candidate receives the longer that person’s term will last.

District residents interested in running for a school board seat must contact District Clerk Leslie Coons and submit a statement by April 26. Call 518 828-4360 ext. 2100.

The proposed school budget for the 2016-17 school year will be presented Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at the Hudson High School library.

The John L. Edwards Primary School sits near the intersection of busy streets that children and parents must cross on their way to and from the school, and residents have expressed safety concerns. The crossing has had a crossing guard within the past 10 years, say some people familiar with the situation. Now it does not.

Possible sources of new crossing guards include a Questar III BOCES Law Enforcement program and the city Police Department’s parking meter staff. Dr. Suttmeier offered to serve as liaison between Questar III and the City of Hudson on this matter. As of April 11, she was still waiting for replies to her latest inquiries about the matter from both Questar III and the Police Department.

At this week’s meeting:

• Dr. Suttmeier also recommended keeping the pay rate for substitute school nurse at its current level. The superintendent’s secretary, Dawn McDonald, compiled information on what nearby districts are paying their substitute nurses and found “we’re in the ball park,” Dr. Suttmeier said

• The superintendent reported attending a display of student art work and said she was impressed by “the talent of our students, from kindergarten through graduating! We have a growing art department”

• Student Representative James Chapman reported on the senior weekend at Frost Valley.

The next board meeting is Tuesday (not the normal Monday schedule), April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson High School library. It will include a budget presentation. The next day, Wednesday, April 20, voter registration for the May 17 election will take place at the Primary School from 4 to 8 p.m.

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