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Countywide school district long overdue


It is time for all reasonable and logical people in the county to see that Jefferson County, because of the unique circumstances of Fort Drum, should have a countywide school district. That would eliminate about $3 million of duplicate administrative salaries to start.

We have some high schools with excess students and some with excess capacities. It would be easier to balance capacity with population as well as promote special programs in different schools as well as online learning to maximize instructor expertise and usage. As population shifts occur, it is easier and more economical to balance on a countywide basis rather than the current 13 school districtwide ways that is more suited to the 18th century than the 21st century (see, for example, the housing complex bisected by an artificial General Brown-Watertown boundary).

The state should come in and help by building at least one elementary school and one middle school on Fort Drum to establish our support for military families and reduce the transport of young students (see idiotic Carthage-Indian River boundary again drawn in a different era). The local schools would only change as necessary shown through population and capacity. It’s the school districts that must consolidate.

I brought this up as an issue in my county Legislature campaign two years ago, and we are only two years closer to the crisis. The time for action is overdue.

Carl Disalvatore


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