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Saranac Lake school board endorses shared services study

September 21, 2012
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake Central School District is on board with's plan to fund a study that will explore the cost savings of the district sharing services with the Lake Placid Central School District.

The Saranac Lake school board voted unanimously to endorse the study at its meeting Wednesday night, one night after the Lake Placid school board did the same.

Dave Wolff of told Saranac Lake school board members that his group will hire, at no cost to the district, the Rochester-based Center for Governmental Research to perform a "high-level assessment of what you might save with regard to sharing services with Lake Placid."

Earlier this month, the two school boards set up four committees to study four potential areas for shared services: instructional services, food services, business, and property and equipment. Saranac Lake school board President Debra Lennon said some of the committees have already gotten to work.

Lennon noted that the CGR study would look at some of the same areas for sharing services. She said it would be beneficial but wondered if it made sense to do "double the work."

"My concern is the same thing, that we'll have two things going along," said board member Terry Tubridy.

Board member Clyde Baker said the two efforts could be melded together, or the CGR report could help to steer the districts' committees in the right direction.

"Theirs is non-binding; it's just suggestions," he said.

"And it's not costing the district," said board member Miles Van Nortwick.

Wolff said a researcher from CGR would come to the area in late October or early November to present the organization's findings. describes itself as a non-partisan, issue-based advocacy group. Road salt pollution, high-speed broadband Internet, property assessment and water quality issues are some of the areas the nonprofit has focused on since it came together in 2007.


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