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Nerney should resign

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - Updated: 10:37 PM

To the editor,

This letter concerns the troubles that have been occurring vis-à-vis the Long Lake Central School Board of Education for far too long.

I take a lot of interest in the school for both my brother and I attended the school as well as my sons. Many years ago I was on the school board for seven years, two of them as president. I also taught history for 25 years in Newcomb Central School.

There was a letter to the editor in the Jan. 15 Hamilton County Express from Camille Nerney which prompted me to write this letter concerning the school situation as I see it. Let me say I believe in being bald in criticizing situations as important as this one.

There are four excellent members of the School Board: President Chris Blumberg, Christie Campeau, Paul Roalsvig and Bob Keough. The school board is functioning well and smoothly in my opinion.

The problem going back at least a year ago is the fifth member of the board, Mike Nerney, and his wife, Camille, have been constant complainers about school affairs and very specially complainers about the current school superintendent, Mary Dickerson.

Here is an example from Camille's letter to the editor: "The community leader [who spoke at the Jan. 9 meeting] suggested students are suffering... that would be the result of poor school leadership and a strained work environment."

Now I have lived here 85 years and have seen a number of school superintendents over the years ranging from excellent to poor. I would rate Mary Dickerson up near the top -- a hard worker, vivacious and high-spirited. I believe it is time for Mr. Nerney to resign.

Thomas T. Bissell

Long Lake


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