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'Bully' blog on LL school gone

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Updated: 9:23 AM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

LONG LAKE -- Shortly after Mike Farrell's letter to the editor appeared in the May 28 issue of this newspaper, the Save Long Lake School blog on WordPress.com was taken down.

Farrell wrote of the blog, "The Save Long Lake School blog is despicable for its cowardly, anonymous commentary regarding [Superintendent Mary Dickerson] and those in the Long Lake community who support her.

"Such self-righteous, arrogant cyberbullying has no place in a civil society, and its authors should be ashamed."

Whether or not Farrell's letter was the direct cause of the blog being removed at the request of the anonymous blogger is not known. What is known is that many in Long Lake agree with Farrell, and some of them were at the June 12 meeting of the Long Lake Central School District Board of Education to state their views.

Betsy Comeau, John Gocke, Kristin Delehanty and Kami Farr said the bullying needs to stop and adults who tell children bullying is wrong need to stop acting like children and set an example.

Later in the meeting outgoing BOE member Robert Keough began a farewell address by thanking everyone for the opportunity to serve on the board, and then joined the chorus rejecting the blog and its bullying tactics.

Keogh concluded his comments on a positive note when he said, "What I would hope most for this community is a coming together, respect for each other's point of view, create an atmosphere of openness, compassion and to focus on our children."

OTHER BUSINESS

The 2014/15 Bus Maintenance Contract with Tupper Lake Central School District was approved. LLCS will be billed $32.96 per hour for mechanic labor and $23.97 per hour for helper labor and actual cost plus 12 percent for parts and tires. Long Lake will pay Tupper Lake $500 per vehicle for the year regardless of work done.

The board also approved the Student Transportation Cooperative Agreement for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 among the Long Lake, Minerva, Bolton, Indian Lake, Johnsburg, Newcomb, North Warren and Schroon Lake school districts.

The agreement allows any student from any school in the group to be transported on any of the eight school districts' buses.

The LLCSD BOE will next meet Tuesday, July 1, starting at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

peteklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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