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Times have changed at General Brown


I am proud to be a member of the General Brown community. My husband and I have been taxpayers in the district for 43 years. I am extremely proud to have been hired by “Dutch” Grant as his secretary in 1990. I held that position under three superintendents until my retirement in 2010.

Across my career, I saw numerous staff members come and go; I also watched as the unions got fired up about contracts. As clerk of the board of education for 17 years, I sat through countless board meetings when the board and the superintendent did all they could to save jobs and program during difficult budget years.

Throughout my tenure, the board and the superintendent didn’t always agree. The public and the superintendent didn’t always agree. The staff and the superintendent didn’t always agree. Issues were settled at the table as they should be. School policy tells us that the superintendent works for the board of education. They are the governing body.

I remember the time when school board members of the General Brown School District stood in defense of their decisions. They were strong leaders focusing on education. Times have changed when a few people with personal agendas hide behind “anonymous” names determined to defame another human being. Countless unproven accusations and lies have been a cancer growing in our community for several years. For what cause? If someone doesn’t like the way a person might walk or talk, do they have this right? If someone doesn’t get the answer they think they should have, do they have this right?

The Watertown Daily Times reporter loosely uses the term “district taxpayers” in her article Jan. 15. I am a “district taxpayer”, and I did not do the things referred to in her article. Not all “district taxpayers” or residents have such an agenda. She also noted that there was a faint applause following the board vote. I am certain there was; there is always someone who is dedicated enough to their cause to stay until the end. That doesn’t mean they have won; it only means they have stayed. The one who wins walks with honor knowing he has not faltered in spite of the community’s selfish propaganda.

Cynthia R. Doolittle


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