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Young, Taylor elected to Parishville-Hopkinton school board

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PARISHVILLE - Two members of the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School Board of Education will be returning to their seats after being elected in uncontested races on Tuesday.

James E. Young

Mr. Young, who has been on the board since 1980, said he enjoys serving on the board.

“I’m happy with the way things are going,” he said, when asked why he ran for another five year term on the board.

In regards to this year’s budget, which came in under the tax cap and includes a 2.78 percent tax levy increase, Mr. Young said given the fiscal times and the amount of aid the district received, the budget which preserves the district’s staff and programs, was the best they could do.

“Given the economy, I was pleased with the budget,” he said. “People need to learn to live within their means.”

In addition to the budget, this year the board dealt with whether or not to hire a new coach for the school’s gymnastics program, ultimately not deciding to do so for this year, but leaving the possibility for next year.

“I’ve given it quite a bit of thought, but I haven’t really decided yet,” he said. “I think a lot of it has to with what our finances are going to be in the future.”

As for the next five years, Mr. Young said the board as a group sets goals each year.

“We set goals every year and that will come up again in September,” he said. “We try to set four or five goals every year.”

Mr. Young is a retired teacher from Canton Central School. He graduated from Parishville-Hopkinton and earned a degree from Oswego State.

He lives in Parisvhille with his wife and is the father of two grown children.

Daniel S. Taylor

Mr. Taylor, who has a son entering pre-kindergarten in the fall, said having children entering the school district was a major reason he decided to seek a full term on the board.

He was appointed to the board last spring, following the death of Steven Wilson, whose term was set to expire this year.

“I’ve got two boys who are getting ready to go to school,” he said.

Along those lines and given recent headlines across the country, Mr. Taylor said he would like focus on safety and security issues during his first full term on the board.

“I would like to focus on safety issues, knowing that my boys will be here with everything that’s been going on in schools,” he said.

Mr. Taylor said he was glad the district was able to assemble a budget that preserved programs and positions.

“I think it was an excellent budget,” he said.

Mr. Taylor also said if it’s feasible he would like to see gymnastics return to the district.

“As long as we have everything in order, the coach, the budget and the space, it’s a great program to have out there,” he said. “I think if kids want to be active, we should give them the opportunity to do that.”

Mr. Taylor, who graduated from Parishville-Hopkinton, works for the U.S. Border Patrol and lives in Parishville with his wife and two children.

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