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Hamburg School Board is in shambles

To the yet to be known next Superintendent of the Hamburg School District, we offer you two simple words: Good luck!

These last couple of years have been turbulent for the Hamburg Central School District, and it has culminated in Steven A. Achramovitch ultimately handing in his resignation with the intent to retire on Aug. 10. Now, after a third special meeting was called by the board in as many weeks, the board placed Achramovitch on administrative leave, meaning that for all intents and purposes, that era is over.

With it goes law firm Harris Beach, who had been representing the school, as well as the board majority that supported the outgoing superintendent.

This could end the lawsuit involving current and former school board members that accused current board member Sally Stephenson and others for allegedly illegally taping an executive session in September of 2010 after her daughter was not retained by the school district. A charge which Stephenson has denied.

We are where we are. For right or wrong, or better or worse, there is a certain feeling of emptiness in the air around the district. Perhaps in some ways, the most calm there has been in some time.

What do you do moving forward? That is the next great question. At this time, there is nobody stearing the ship.

A new captain is needed. And the board needs to iron out details on how to fill that void as soon as possible.

It would seem that the first step will be to find an interim superintendent. Perhaps someone who is semi-retired who has been through this process before.

After all of the turbulence in recent years, it would be good to find that interim captain who provides a calm, steady hand, who can steer the ship out of the storm and back into the sunny weather, before ultimately handing the ship over to a more permanent replacement.

This time of year should be about honoring what the students achieved in the school year that just concluded. Honor rolls and graduations. Not about battles taking place on school boards.

Sadly, it always feels like the people who are lost when situations like these arise are the students. The very backbone of the schools and the reasons why people should choose to run for respective school boards.

From an academic point, Hamburg is still a great district.

And no matter what side you are in the recent struggles, all we hope at this point is that this can be seen as an opportunity to start this thing over.

Put the past to bed and really try to put the main focus at these meetings back on the children, not the fighting or lawsuits.

This is where we are. Time to take a breather, collect your thoughts, move forward and try not to look back, because ultimately, this district has many great assets (students), who need the decision makers to return 100 percent of their attention back to them.

• Independence Day 2013 is now a memory and we are entering the heart of festival season.

For those looking to enjoy arrays of food, two of the biggest are happening back-to-back weeks. This weekend is the Taste of Evans and Hamburg will celebrate its pride as the Home of the Hamburger during the annual “Burgerfest,” which takes place from noon to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20.

Keep picking up The Sun as we preview not only these events, but also in the coming weeks, the Eden Corn Festival will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and the Erie County Fair will attract many people to Hamburg from Aug. 7-18.

This is an exciting time of year as we now enter the prime times of summer, and we hope our readers and their families create lasting memories that will last for generations to come.


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