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James King defeats Frederick Bean in Ogdensburg Board of Education election

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James P. King will replace Frederick P. Bean on the Ogdensburg Board of Education.

Preliminary results from last night’s election show Mr. King taking 310 votes compared to 198 for Mr. Bean.

Mr. King, currently the president of the Madill Elementary School Parent Teacher Association and a correctional officer at the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility, said he credits the Ogdensburg Education Association with helping him get into his new position.

In particular he credits with OEA President David G. Price with helping him garner the support of teachers within the district.

“[The OEA] was more instrumental than they’ll ever know,” Mr. King said.

In addition, Mr. King said support from people affiliated with Madill Elementary School helped his campaign.

Tonight’s board of education meeting will be the first where Mr. King will begin to get acclimated with the people on the board and responsibilities that come with the job.

“I haven’t really had the time to let [the win] sink in,” Mr. King said Tuesday, after his win.

“I’m looking forward to working with the board,” he said, adding that he would “like to make a difference.”

Mr. King is the father of an autistic fourth-grade son in the district, which has made him especially concerned about special education issues.

Mr. Bean took Tuesday night’s news in stride. “Things happen,” he said.

A 13.5-year veteran of the board, nine years of which he served as president, Mr. Bean said he lost in large part thanks to union opposition.

“They ran his campaign for him,” Mr. Bean said.

Mr. Bean said he wishes Mr. King well.

The board of education term length is five years.

Voters also passed the district’s $36 million 2013-2014 budget with 360 votes for and 100 votes against. Residents of the district also approved a measure allowing the school to sell the Sherman Elementary School building after it closes this summer.

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