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Flynn elected new president of Hamburg School Board

Hamburg School Board members chose Thomas F. Flynn III as president Tuesday night, and split their vote for vice president.

Flynn is starting his second term on the board, and his running mate from last year, Cameron Hall, was elected vice president.

Hall, who is starting his second year on the board, beat Laura Heeter, 4-3. Heeter had been nominated by Board Member Robbin List, and had the support of former board president David Yoviene.

Flynn, Board Members Michael F. McGarry, Richard Schneider and Hall voted for Hall.

Also Tuesday, the board authorized the sale of the former Southtowns Teachers Center at 123 Union St., next to Union-Pleasant Elementary School.

Superintendent Michael Cornell said the district has a purchase offer, but he declined to say what it was or who the buyer is until the contract is signed.

He told the board in the spring that the house, which has been vacant for many years, had a negative appraised value. Cornell said the primary objective for the district is to remove the building as a potential liability for the district.

The board switched the meeting from the Administration Building on Abbott Road to Union-Pleasant Elementary at the last minute after the administration building lost power Tuesday afternoon because of a brief thunder and lightning storm in the area.