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November 27, 2013

Capital projects and audits and Redskins, oh my...


 It quite makes us wonder what, going forward, is the plan? And what will the financial picture for the school be?

We also have to wonder, in light of recent developments, what the school was thinking when it decided to accept $10,000 from the Oneida Nation. We have heard the decision to accept the money is considered by many to be either a bribe or a payback for changing the sports teams’ nickname. And while we have no problem with changing the name, we do have a problem with the school accepting the Oneida Nation’s money. The result seems to have been to make the school district a lobbying arm of the Oneida Nation in its attempts to now change the name of the Washington Redskins. It is not a position in which we think the school district should find itself.

Additionally, we have to agree with the caller who asked us what right the school has to give away school property as seems to have been the case not only in providing a school jersey to give to the president, as thanks for his remarks about the Washington Redskins name, but also for providing a jersey to be given, if what we have learned is true, to the Smithsonian.

As we have said, we have no problem with changing the school’s nickname. But, accepting the Oneida Nation donation to purchase uniforms, and then giving the Oneida Nation jerseys to pass out in pursuit of their goals is not, we think, in the best interest of the school. But then neither is the sentiment voiced about the school in a recent e-mail we received from a CCS alum. 

It read, in part, “... I look at a school like Cooperstown, with the most easily educable population known to man, no real problems and a tremendous amount of resources and conclude that they really, truly stink. They’ve got the anti-Midas touch. They’re given gold and produce at a high cost lump after lump of lead. It’s an embarrassment.”

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