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Fayetteville-Manlius School Board appoints new member

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education has appointed a new member to serve on the Board.

At its Sept. 9 meeting, the Board appointed Babra “Babs” Taeckens, of Manlius, to replace long-time member Michael J. Masse on the Board. Taeckens will complete Mr. Masse's term, which expires in May 2014.

Mr. Masse, of Fayetteville, resigned as of Aug. 20, citing his obligations to his employer, HSBC Bank, which require frequent time out of town. Mr. Masse had served on the Board since 1993, including four years as its president.

“It has been a privilege serving the Fayetteville-Manlius community as a school board member,” Mr. Masse said. “A solid Board supported by our great administrators, our wonderful teachers and staff, our incredible parents, and our supportive community is what makes Fayetteville-Manlius special. Hopefully my having served has made a difference.”

The Board of Education is the official policy-making body of the school district. It is comprised of nine school district residents who are elected by voters to three-year terms in the annual election. Terms are staggered so that three members are elected each year.

They are not compensated for their work as Board members.

The Board had three options for filling the vacancy created by Mr. Masse’s resignation. It could leave the position vacant until the next scheduled election in May 2014; it could hold a special election; or it could appoint someone to fill the seat until the scheduled May election.

In May, Taeckens sought her first term on the Board as one of four candidates for three seats on the Board. At each annual election, candidates with the three highest vote totals are elected to the Board. Taeckens received 807 votes, 57 votes less than the third highest total.

“We are pleased that Mrs. Taeckens has agreed to join the Board for the 2013-14 school year," said Marissa Joy Mims, F-M’s Board president. "We look forward to working with her and to the many contributions we are sure she will make that will benefit our students and community."

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