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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


We received a comment to our blog from "Wondering":
Why do I have to go to the school and pick-up the Petitions? I work from 8:00 a.m. til 5:30 daily.Why can't the school put these type of things on the internet where I can then download and print?Is this not the age of technology or is this just another way of keeping town residents from doing their civic duty? I am thinking of running for the school board but these roadblocks...
In past years, those wishing to run for the school board have had to go to the District Offices between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and sign your name and address on a "list" in order to get the necessary information and petition to run for school board. We were told that was so that they could keep track of who had petitions and who didn't turn them in on time. Huh? Who cares who doesn't turn them in? After the deadline date has come and gone it's too late to file your petition anyway.

Well...Concerned Citizens agreed with "Wondering" so we decided to ask the question. Today, we met with New Hartford Central School Superintendent Robert Nole to find out why the school seemed to be making it difficult for working people to participate...after all, most people are at work during those hours and some people even work out of the area.

The answer we were given is merely...because that's the way it has always been done.

So here it is...Concerned Citizens is making the nominating petition and an informational letter from the Board Clerk available online for anyone who is interested in running for the two (2) open positions on the New Hartford Central School Board. Be sure to follow the instructions in the letter and get your petition to the Board Clerk, Aurelia Greico, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2009. Ms. Greico's office is at the Oxford Road School District Office.

So now Concerned Citizens just made it easier to get involved...let's see some new faces on this board.

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