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Sackets Harbor Central electronic sign talks tabled

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SACKETS HARBOR — The school district’s Parent-Teacher Organization has tabled talks to place an electronic sign on Broad Street — for now, anyway.

Despite opposition from several village residents, Sackets Harbor Central School sign committee chairwoman Jennifer L. Huttemann-Kall said the marquee may be discussed again next school year.

“With the deserved attention being given to school budgets in general, including on budgets for external clubs/organizations that would be participating in the fundraising of this endeavor, and the critical focus for schools on Common Core learning/teaching standards, we as the Sign Committee felt it was best to put this project on hold for now,” she said in an email. “Further discussion likely won’t be had until sometime in the next school year.”

David W. Altieri, a member of the Sackets Harbor Historical Society, said he spoke to officials at the school of his distaste for a sign with flashing lights in the historical village known as a battle site in the War of 1812.

Mr. Altieri also is the village’s heritage area director.

“I think there are a lot of people who would have a problem with it, including me,” he said.

The PTO sign committee was formed at the beginning of the year, but never held any discussion at the district’s Board of Education meetings.

“I thought it was important to express the concerns of the community before it got too far along,” Mr. Altieri said.

He admits most of his knowledge about the sign is from secondhand and thirdhand sources, but said he is not the only one who has let the school know his opinion of the possible project.

“As word began to get out, there’s been more opposition” Mr. Altieri said. “I know at least some other people that have sent in letters about it.”

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