At the conclusion of the Lake Shore School Board meeting Tuesday, attorney Phillip Brothman removed an old “Evans Journal” newspaper from Sept. 19, 1969. At the top left corner was a picture of a young Brothman, along with a headline stating that the board had named his as the district’s attorney.
When the current board reconvenes on Dec. 3, Brothman will not be sitting at his familiar spot. Instead, he will be in Florida enjoying the beginning of his retirement and the end of a 44-year stint as the district’s attorney.
Brothman, of the Harris Beach law firm, was honored by the board for his many years of service to the district.
Superintendent James E. Przepasniak told the board Brothman flew in Monday night just to attend this meeting and offered him congratulations on his retirement and thanks for his work with the district.
“Thank you again for your service of some 44 years to the district,” Przepasniak said.
Brothman said technically, he is still the district’s attorney until Dec. 31, but that attorney Marty Smith has been transitioning into the position. As a result, Brothman will not be returning for either the Dec. 3 or Dec. 17 meeting.
He admitted that when he was appointed as the district’s attorney in 1969, he did not envision that it would lead to such a long association with Lake Shore.
Brothman said one of the biggest changes that has occurred through the years is not the type of issues in the district, but the number of issues.
“It’s become more litigious,” Brothman said.
When he began, the district was more tumultuous, he said. While that part changed, so to did some of the issues he became more involved in.
This includes the discipline of students, teachers and non-teaching personnel. He also became more involved in contractual and labor matters.
“It’s much more intense,” Brothman said.
One major area that is different from when he started is that there was no special education in 1969. Although this is an area that he personally was not involved in from a legal standpoint, Brothman noted it has become such an important issue that the law firm has a lawyer who specializes in legal matters pertaining to that area.
Brothman added that the plan to move to Florida in retirement has been in the works for a few years. With his final meeting now behind him, Brothman can head back to Florida and start enjoying the warm weather before winter hits in Western New York.