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To The Editor:

Congratulations to Deb Hannan. I understand she announced to the Madill School staff that she will be assuming the Committee on Special Education chair duties with the retirement of David Valois. I’m sure she will do a great job.

I am pleased that the Ogdensburg City School District has enough sense to take the opportunity to downsize and cut an administrative position by attrition. This district cannot afford to hire another administrator. I’m sure the eight remaining administrators will be able to manage the declining enrollment of less than 1,800 students and the ever-dwindling number of teachers and support staff.

I am also pleased to see the district has decided to follow through on the suggestion I made years ago about closing Sherman Elementary School. It is a sad day, but it will save money and is necessary for the health of the district.

Soon the district will only have three buildings to manage. I’m sure the district is working on a plan for how to work more efficiently with a smaller staff. The cuts in funding and declining enrollment have forced the downsizing. With the expansion and additional students at Kennedy School, and a staff of eight administrators, it is time to reorganize. Since hiring a new administrator to help Principal Susan Jacobs at Kennedy School would be unwise, given the district’s dire financial state, I would make a suggestion to move the CES office to Kennedy School. I’m sure the district has plans to move one of their administrators to Kennedy School, because the district simply can’t afford to hire another person and Mrs. Jacobs will need help. Mrs. Hannan and Mrs. Jacobs would be a great team. I have no doubt they would be able to run Kennedy School and handle the CSE tasks. That would leave an administrator at Madill and four administrators and the superintendent at Ogdensburg Free Academy for the 750 middle school and high school students, plenty of administrators to lead our district in these tough economic times.

David A. Lesperance


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