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Canton made the right decision

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To The Editor:

I am a proud member of the Hermon-DeKalb community. Hermon-DeKalb is a successful public school district that has won awards from US News and World Reports. Hermon DeKalb has prepared many of us for higher education at noted colleges and universities. A preponderance of people in our community highly value education; in fact it may be unanimous. You see, farmers, laborers, loggers, government employees, small business owners, and others share the value of the importance of a good education with those that are professional educators.

Hermon-DeKalb is a poor school district. We have the highest student poverty rate in St. Lawrence County. Like Canton, we are a rural community that includes successful farms that use the most advanced farming methods. Along with large farms, Hermon-DeKalb and Canton both have small farms, hobby farms, subsistence farms, vegetable farms, and Amish farms. The maple industry thrives in our community and in Canton, as does agribusiness, and many small businesses.

The Hermon-DeKalb school board and school administration are working hard to find options for merger opportunities or shared services with neighboring school districts. I believe they are trying to keep the integrity of the school district intact. The Hermon-DeKalb school building needs no work and the debt is low, a testament to good management at our school.

In today’s society, labels and stereotypes are inappropriate. We teach our children and grandchildren to be respectful, tolerant, and to embrace diversity. It seems that the decision in Canton to not consider the Hermon-DeKalb merger request was a good decision for the Hermon-DeKalb community and its students.

Fred Morrill

St. Lawrence County Legislator

DeKalb Junction

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