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FORT COVINGTON - The president of the Salmon River Central School Board of Education was recently convicted for possession of untaxed cigarettes in Canada, and a school official is saying no one in the district has any knowledge of the case and it is uncertain if it will affect her ability to continue serving as a board member.

Stacy Skidders, 47, was found to be in possession of $11,250 worth of untaxed cigarettes while attempting to enter Canada through the Cornwall point of entry on July 21, according to court documents released by the Canadian Ministry of the Attorney General. She was sentenced to six months of house arrest on Nov. 8 after admitting to violating the Customs Act and the Excise Act of 2001.

“On behalf of the board of education, the board was not aware of this allegation,” Salmon River Superintendent of Schools Jane Collins said.

Board member Greg Cunningham echoed the assertion. “That’s news to me,” he said.

Other members of the board of education could not be reached for comment.

Although Ms. Skidders has not been present at recent board of education meetings, she has been “in here signing documents relevant to the position of board president,” according to Ms. Collins.

Ms. Collins says the board will have to review the case before deciding what action, if any, will be taken, .

“Cornwall is another country. We take an oath to uphold the laws of New York s.tate and the United States, and I’ll have to do a legal analysis on this,” she said Wednesday afternoon. “I’d have to see what the circumstances are to see exactly what’s going on here.”

Ms. Skidders also served two terms as sub-chief for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. She lost her bid for re-election to Eric Thompson in June.

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