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Hammond Central School Board candidate talks second term

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HAMMOND - Incumbent Bernard A. Martin is running unopposed in Tuesday’s election for the Hammond Central School Board of Education. He is looking forward to serving the district for another five years.

Mr. Martin, a self-employed dairy farmer, has lived in the town since 1961. He was 5 years old when he and his family moved to Hammond from Canada.

“I bought my father’s share of the business 25 years ago, and it has since become a four-brother partnership,” Mr. Martin said Thursday.

Mr. Martin said he decided to run five years ago because friends had said he would be a good candidate. Also, his two children, Megan, 19, and Matthew Martin, 16, were attending the district at the time.

Moving forward, Mr. Martin said, the biggest challenge facing the district is providing the best education without raising taxes and decreases in state funding.

“We’ll have to throw out all the old rules and look new ways to educate our children, whether by shared services or online courses through BOCES,” he said. “The state is pushing small schools to merge. Mergers do not seem to be the answer up here.”

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