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TWO FILE PETITIONS FOR TONAWANDA BOARD SEAT

Two candidates, one a former school trustee, will compete for a vacant seat on the Tonawanda City School Board in an Aug. 19 special election.

Pamela Stiegman and Susan Gregg filed petitions by Wednesday's deadline for the position vacated two months ago by the resignation of trustee Gregory Coogan. The winner will complete the remaining two years of Coogan's three-year term.

Mrs. Stiegman, a Nynex technician, served one term on the board before her defeat in the May 20 election. Mrs. Gregg, a real estate agent, was a member of the school district's 1997-98 budget advisory team and served on the last superintendent search committee. She also spent two years on the Tonawanda Common Council.

Mrs. Gregg said she chose to run because "residents of the city are not being heard on the School Board." She cited the board's response to defeat of its first budget proposition in May. She said the $150,000 cut in spending was not enough in a budget of more than $21 million.

Mrs. Stiegman said she is proud of the capital improvements completed during her tenure, specifically the junior high library and the art and technology wing at the high school. She also cited her efforts to obtain grant money for new programs and to develop shared services with the city.

Voting by paper ballot will be from noon to 9 p.m. in the district administration building, 202 Broad St.

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