2013 year in review: our top 10 Skaneateles stories

Decisions affecting future of community, schools dominated headlines

What people said:

“We believe that even with declining enrollment, that 20 to 30 years from now the main part of this campus will be the middle school and high school,” — Board of Education President Evan Dreyfuss at a board meeting prior to the June referendum was rejected.

“Are all the projects proposed in this bond issue essential? Is it necessary to build a new middle school gymnasium for $5.5 million? If locker rooms and restrooms need repair, could they be renovated instead of building a new gymnasium?” — Kathleen Maher in a letter to the editor published June 5.

What will happen next:

The district have said they will be forming a community study group in early 2014 to work with the board of education’s facilities committee to develop a plan for proposing several other capital projects in the future. The district has already said it would like to have the next phase of work to be proposed to the public on the ballot with the annual budget vote in May.

Third-party candidates win Skaneateles elections

The short version:

Three candidates running on the Skaneateles Party line swept the town board races.

How it unfolded:

Mary Sennett was elected the town’s next supervisor and joining her in January will be Connie Brace and Claire Robinson Howard as town councilors.

The three women, who also had the endorsement of the local Democratic committee, earned a sweep of three Republican candidates all of whom sit on the 2013 board – Jim Greenfield for supervisor and Rick Keyes and Steve McGlynn for town councilor.

What people said:

“I can’t believe it, it’s just overwhelming. To me this just speaks to the community that everybody’s ready […] let’s work together and be a community,” — Sennett on Election Day after hearing the results of the election.

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