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Cazenovia Community Preschool elects new chair and vice chair, appoints new board members

— Cazenovia Community Preschool continues to look forward after a successful first semester at the new Burton Street location. At the most recent board meeting in December, Meghan Kelly was elected the new chairperson for the board of directors and Emily Stevens was elected the new vice chair.

Kelly has lived in Cazenovia for four years and grew up in the Finger Lakes area. Kelly and her husband, Tom, have three young children: one CCP graduate, one current CCP student and one future CCP student. Kelly worked in human resources for six years and is now a stay-at-home mom and a fitness instructor at Allure Fitness and Dance.

The board also paid special recognition — which included cupcakes from Latte Da — to the service of outgoing chairperson Chrissie Tyrell Baker, outgoing treasurer Karen Cheal and outgoing secretary Rosemary Thompson. The three were instrumental in helping CCP purchase and renovate the current school.

“Serving CCP has been a wonderful experience and I can't imagine a more worthwhile community organization to contribute to. I am so glad I had the opportunity to assist with making the new building happen and I know CCP will thrive in our community for decades to come,” said Baker.

At the meeting, Kelly, along with Director Stefanie Lints and returning board members, welcomed eight new board members:

Erica Barnes moved to Cazenovia two years ago from Ramstein, Germany, where her husband was serving in the Air Force. After teaching high school social studies, she now stays at home with her two young daughters. Her eldest currently attends the two-day program at CCP.

Beth Bennett and her husband Tom moved to Cazenovia 10 years ago and have a son in third grade and a daughter, who attended CCP for two years, in kindergarten. Bennett teaches science and English language arts at Chittenango Middle school.

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