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An open letter to the Sullivan West School Board

July 16, 2014

I attended the [school board] meeting on July 10 and have to say that you are all a very rude bunch. The people of Narrowsburg were there to express their concerns about the underhanded way you sold the school. The newly elected president of the board of education, Mary Scheutzow, was obnoxiously rude and disgraceful when a resident of Narrowsburg, Tony Staffieri, was expressing his concerns. Ms. Scheutzow would better serve the public working for Bulova Watch with the faces she was making. Do I need to remind the board that you are adults, not children, as she was acting?

There is no doubt that a facility for drug and alcohol rehabilitation is needed in Sullivan County; however it has no place in the heart of Narrowsburg. Whatever your difference is with the town of Narrowsburg, selling the school for the purpose of ruining the town is not the answer. If the merchants of Narrowsburg close, and the townspeople move, the beautiful school you are in now will no longer be able to run. There will be no children to attend and no tax money coming in to pay your salaries.

The Weiden’s proposal for the building as a community center will better serve the town of Narrowsburg and surrounding towns that you live in—a place close by, to further an education in order to get better jobs, bring more businesses, a gym to improve our health and a place to socialize with our neighbors.

Patty Kranz
Narrowsburg, NY