AUBURN | Jason Lesch will be the vice president of the Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education for the 2012-13 school year.

Lesch won the leadership seat on Tuesday over former vice president Dia Carabajal, 5-4. At the last meeting, only eight members were present and there was a tie between Lesch and Carabajal. On Tuesday, member Diane Long, who had been absent, was the swing vote and voted for Lesch.

“I look forward to working with Karol (Soules, board president) and the new superintendent,” Lesch said.

Lesch’s crusade during the 2011-12 school year was getting a more fair state aid package for Auburn, and he and others led a public bus tour to Albany to meet with politicians to discuss what he calls state aid inequities.

Carabajal said at the last meeting that she could be an effective board member from any seat on the board.

“I’ve done my time as leadership and it’s time for Jason Lesch to step up,” she said.

Tuesday also marked the last board meeting outgoing superintendent J.D. Pabis will attend as superintendent. The board celebrated by taking a few moments to visit with Pabis and eat a retirement cake.

"It's been a pleasure to work for the Auburn community, staff and students," Pabis said. "It's been my pleasure, and two words that are often used, but the significant power of those words often overlooked: thank you."

Pabis will remain at the district to provide as-needed transition support services to the new superintendent Constance Evelyn.

Staff writer Kelly Voll can be reached at 282-2239 or Follow her on Twitter at CitizenVoll.

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Okay, now that the new board has been seated, leadership has been elected and a new super is stepping in. START WORKING ON THE BUDGET NOW !! Start with projections and formulate multiple plans on how to deal with a depleted fund balance, how to maintain programs and how not to over burden taxpayers. This board needs to take a stand on PILOT agreements! They need to finally put a long term plan in place for funding the SRO program. It may be time to work with other Cayuga County school districts and ask for a piece of the sales tax revenue. Please don't wait until January like last year, too many people are depending on you!

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