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June 12, 2013

Letters to the Editor: June 12, 2013

Accountability crucial

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to thank the Northern Adirondack Central School community for electing me to the board.

I am 59 years old, a graduate of Lyon Mountain High, SUNY Plattsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, teacher’s certification and a master’s degree in physical education from Syracuse University, where I was a graduate/teaching assistant in athletics and physical education.

I retired from NACS after 27 years of service and 29 years of public-school experience, plus two years parochial-school experience.

My wife, Suzanne, and I have lived in the district and raised our daughter, Rian (a Moriah kindergarten teacher) here.

I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the board. The greatest challenge facing school districts is to provide quality education matching the ever-increasing state-mandated demands without increasing taxpayer contributions to perilous levels.

I believe that accountability — beginning with administration in concert with School Board, faculty/staff and ultimately the student body and school community — is vital to our success.

I believe taxpayers will support ideas that have been clearly and transparently explained to them.

We have a wealth of experience and resources in our district that remain untapped, largely because many people in key positions do not live here and have not taken the time or made the effort to familiarize themselves with them.

My only goal — or “agenda,” if you will — is to make Northern Adirondack a school we can be proud of and a comfortable place to call home.

One again, I appreciate the opportunity to serve and will do my very best to justify your faith in me.

JON REBIDEAU

Ellenburg Depot

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Sustainable employment

TO THE EDITOR: The term “sustainable” has been teamed up with growth, development, environment and energy.

I live inside the “Blue Line.” Our unemployment rate during good times is typically 7 to 8 percent, which on a national scale brings out cries for economic stimulus.

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