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Why would Potsdam Central School District Board of Education members overreact, feigning disbelief when asked if capital project funds would be used for a school-based health clinic? The board president directly connected the clinic idea to this capital project at the Aug. 14 board meeting.

He stated, “But the key is, we’re doing this (clinic) at a time when, if we’re going to be knocking walls down and doing reconstruction, it would make sense that this is the time to do it.”

Clearly, the resurrection of a clinic was considered and promoted by the board four months ago, not by taxpayers. No further discussions regarding their intentions had been provided to the public. It should be noted and known by the board that regulations do not allow project funds to be used for such purposes.

The impression put forth in the board’s 10-minute diatribe during the Dec. 11 board meeting suggesting we as taxpayers were making “accusations,” “falsehoods” or “just thinking something” was pure nonsense.

In fact, while attempting to undermine taxpayers’ credibility, it was revealed that Canton-Potsdam Hospital “wasn’t prepared at this time” and the hospital had “too much on their plate now.” For this board to say on Dec. 3 that “they didn’t even consider it” is hogwash.

The written record and public board comments show not only that the board considered a clinic but omitted it only when the hospital opted out. The verbal fiasco at the last meeting was a direct result of the district attempting to cover its tracks by portraying taxpayers as numbskulls with a wild imagination.

Obviously, board member J. Patrick. Turbett, with his intellectual prowess, took offense when lower-functioning taxpayers questioned the board’s intentions.

Repeatedly, district leadership has attempted to misuse education assets and divert needed education funds to other entities. Our opposition to these efforts has been consistent. If this is viewed by Mr. Turbett as “axes to grind,” so be it.

Richard and Jane Hollister

Potsdam

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