Potsdam daycare details important, former board member says
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 6:59 am

To the Editor:

In response to the “Daycare Provides Valuable Services” letter, there are a few points worth noting. With regards to the inference that Mr. and Mrs. Hollister are against Building Blocks Daycare, this is simply untrue.

Twenty years ago, they came before the Potsdam Central School Board of Education (on which I then sat) to tell us about violations of the law with regards to the proposed plans to enter into a legal relationship among the school district, the village, and the daycare center (financed by the village, on land rented from the school district, with a mortgage to be paid by the daycare center, and full knowledge that twenty years was the maximum rental period permitted by the state).

By the way, the Hollisters were correct on every point they made, despite efforts to discredit them. During these many years, the Hollisters (both former teachers) have always spoken of the importance of daycare. Their concerns were always about the obligation of public boards (and those hired by such boards) to follow the law.

If not for their efforts, the school district would have had to absorb, this past May, an unpaid daycare mortgage amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The legal agreements alluded to in the writer’s letter were not “so-called shady deals”- they were actual shady deals.

The attorneys for the school district have made clear their opinions on these deals both in writing and via telephone calls. Documentation is available at the school district to verify such.

Let’s not confuse the Hollisters’ low opinion of shady deals with their high opinion of daycare. George Orwell wrote, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

Ann Martin Carvill,

Potsdam