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Frederick Bean may be appointed to Ogdensburg Board of Education after losing recent election

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Ogdensburg Board of Education President Frederick P. Bean, who was defeated by James P. King in this year’s election, may be appointed to the board with the resignation of Board Member Betty J. Mallott.

Mrs. Mallott announced her plans to resign at Monday’s board meeting citing advice by her doctor to avoid stress.

“I find this job stressful,” she said. “I will miss it but if I ever have an opinion I will stop by to share it.”

Mrs. Mallott had another year left in her seat. Superintendent Timothy J. Vernsey said she had served on the board of education for the last nine years.

With Mrs. Mallott’s resignation the board could choose to hold a special election, keep the seat open, or appoint a community member of their choosing to fill the seat for the remaining year.

A special election could cost the district roughly three to four thousand dollars, Mr. Vernsey said, and if the seat remained open St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES could fill the seat if they felt it shouldn’t be left open.

Board Member Michael J. Tooley proposed appointing Mr. Bean to fill the position at the board’s July 1 organizational meeting.

Mr. Tooley noted that Mr. Bean already knows the board well and is familiar with the district.

Mrs. Mallott threw her support behind Mr. Bean as well.

Mr. Bean said he would be “very happy” to be appointed to serve on the board.

But Mr. King, who beat Mr. Bean with 310 votes to 198, said if the board appoints Mr. Bean it will be unfair to the voters who just voted him out.

“To put him back on the board is disingenuous to the voters,” Mr. King said. “You can’t ignore their choice.”

While Monday’s meeting was supposed to be Mr. Bean’s last with the expiration of his term, the board will decide whether to appoint him on July 1 after Mrs. Mallott’s resignation officially goes into effect on June 30.

“There will be at least 310 people out there who wanted a change, got their change, and now they’re having it thrown back in their faces,” Mr. Kingsaid. “I urge the public to go to the [July 1] board meeting and make their voices heard.”

The July 1 meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Ogdensburg Free Academy cafeteria.

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