Here are some frequently asked questions and answers from Massena Central School District Clerk Candace Prairie concerning the school/library voting process.
Q - When will I receive my absentee ballot for the June 9, 2020 budget/election vote?
A - The Massena Central School District expects to mail absentee ballots beginning Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Please look for your ballot by the end of that week. If you do not receive one,or if you require additional ballots for qualified voters in your residence, please contact the District Clerk at (315) 764-3700, ext. 3008 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org When requesting additional ballots, please give the name of the person to receive the ballot.
Q - Can I drop off my vote at the District instead of mailing it?
A - Your return envelope will be stamped prepaid for your convenience. However, a secure drop box will be available in the main entry of the Central Administration Building, 84 Nightengale Avenue, beginning Friday, May 29 through Tuesday, June 9, Monday - Friday, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM only.
Q - What are the requirements for me to vote?
A - You must be a US citizen, 18 years of age, and have been a resident of the District for 30 days.
Helpful Tips When Returning Your Ballot:
* Please make sure you have completed both sides of the ballot.
* Please make sure you have signed and sealed your ballot envelope. An unsigned ballot envelope will render the vote void.
* Return the ballot envelope inside the return envelope addressed to: District Clerk.
* Only ballots received by June 9 at 5:00 PM will be accepted.
Library District Initiative
The vote to establish a school district public library will be held by mail-in absentee ballots only. The Massena Central School District will conduct the vote in conjunction with their annual budget vote and Board of Education election. The school district's Notice of Annual Meeting can be read here.
At least one absentee ballot will be provided per household. If any eligible voter does not receive an absentee ballot or if additional ballots are needed per household, please email the School District Clerk at email@example.com, or call 315-764-3700, extension 3008 and a ballot will be mailed to you.
The Massena Public Library propositions will be on the back of the ballot and look like
The ballots must be mailed back to the Massena Central School District in time for them to be received by June 9 at 5:00 P.M.
More information on the school district public library initiative is here on the library's website.
There will be two propositions relating to the Massena Public Library on the back of the Massena Central School District ballot.
The first proposition asks if a school district public library should be established and funded by the taxpayers of the Massena Central School District.
Question: Shall the Massena Public Library be permanently established as a school district library for the benefit and free use of all residents of the Massena Central School District, such library to have seven Library Board Trustees, whose members are elected by the voters of the School District for terms of up to three years, and be authorized to raise $695,283, separate and apart from the annual School District budget, to support and maintain such library, said appropriation shall be raised annually by a tax upon the taxable property of said School District and shall be an annual appropriation thereafter until changed by further vote of the majority of electors of the Massena Central School District, and shall be levied and collected yearly as are other general taxes?
The second proposition asks voters to choose up to seven candidates for the office of Trustee of the Massena Public Library. Candidates who submitted valid self-nomination forms will be listed on the ballot in alphabetical order as follows:
Bachelor degree environmental science from Plattsburgh state and a Masters degree in Engineering and Global Operations Management from Clarkson University. Born and raised in Massena and has worked for Reynolds and Alcoa since 1991 as a Chemist and most recently as a Quantometer Operator for last six years.
Successful libraries are centers of knowledge and learning and provide services for all members of the community in a variety of formats (written, audio, electronic, group-based, class format, etc.). The greatest challenge is maintaining a balance of quality programs and fiscal viability. There are no easy answers, but I am committed to contribute to the management of the library to (1) add value to our community and (2) make fiscal decisions that reflects the economic reality of our town.
Marie Orosz Kirwan
My name is Marie Orosz Kirwan; some know me as “Dolly,” my childhood nickname. As the child of a Hungarian immigrant, I am passionate about education. Though we can be educated in many ways and places, the library serves as the educational nexus for this school district, open to all of us, regardless of age or income or background. I am most passionate about Yoga and the Library in my Massena life. As a retired English teacher, I started my second career teaching Kripalu Yoga and Chair Yoga because I feel that Yoga is a practice that helps us in Body, Mind and Spirit. The Library is similar in that respect, improving the quality of our daily lives and community experience. My degrees are in Education and Counseling. I’ve spent more than a few hours composing letters to newspapers and online to celebrate and defend the library. Though not a fan of politics, I’ve always aspired to be on the Library Board. Should I become a library trustee, I pledge to do my best to maintain the library at an affordable budget and to keep the surrounding communities aware of the library’s many resources and learning opportunities that so enrich this area.
I was born in Massena, and have lived here most of my life. I'm retired from the New York Power Authority, starting as a laborer in 1981 and then moving to lineman. I left in 1995 to pursue an engineering degree, ultimately earning a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University. I returned to NYPA, first as a Transmission Engineer in the line crew, then finishing my career as a Construction Engineer. My first desire I can remember as a child was to be able to read. I spent considerable time at the Massena Public library as a kid, and spent a majority of my time at MCS, SUNY Canton, and Clarkson in their libraries. When I was asked if I would serve if the board increases to seven members, I felt it would be a good way to reciprocate for the enrichment and enjoyment I have received over the last five plus decades.
I have lived in Massena for over 20 years. I have been a fan of the Massena library since my now adult children came to story hour as toddlers. I am a professor of Computer Science at Clarkson University. I am also an author, a photographer, and a dance instructor.
I have called Massena my home for over 50 years. During those years the Massena Public Library has played a great part in my life. Reading has always been one of my greatest pleasures. I think this has been instilled in my grown children from the time they were small – through the story hour visits and special reading programs offered at the library. At the present time I am the Archivist at the Celine G. Philibert Memorial Cultural Centre & Museum. I am a retired Dental Hygienist – graduating from Eastman School of Dental Hygiene in Rochester. I received a second Associate Degree from Cortland State Teacher's College as a Dental Hygiene teacher. I am currently an Elections Official for the St. Lawrence County Board of Elections, Vice-President and Test Chair for the Massena Figure Skating Club, and am a member of the St. Lawrence County Health Advisory Board for the Head Start Program-Community Developmental Program Inc.
Patricia Farrell Ryan
Though not born here I am a longtime resident of Massena. After completing my BA and while working on my MS at SUNY Potsdam I continued my teaching career here in Massena. Through the years I worked with many Kindergarten and first grades students and their families at Washington, Twin Rivers, Madison and Jefferson Schools. My three adult children are graduates of Massena Central School. While teaching and raising my family I was involved in many community activities from volunteering for Hospice to a volunteer organist at St. Lawrence Church in Louisville. As a life-long reader & library patron I believe in the vital mission of libraries as centers for lifelong learning. Having served on Massena Public Library’s Board of Trustees since 2015 I have experience and commitment in this role and am prepared to serve my community in this capacity.
I have been a Massena Public Library Trustee since January 2017. Before that, I was a trustee for the Town of Massena Museum for three years. I hope to continue to serve the public by making the library as strong a community institution as possible. My family and I have always taken part in the many programs and services offered and have seen how well utilized the library is.
Effective 5:00 pm this evening (03/16/2020) and until further notice Massena Public Library will not be open to the public. We encourage our patrons to make use of our online services including downloadable books and magazines. These resources are available on our website www.massenapubliclibrary.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the library for further information at (315)769-9914.