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Hamburg must band together in tough times

Editor:

The events of this past week have shocked and disappointed our community. The school board and entire community supported the appointment of Dr. Jetter to lead our district. There were approximately 20 final applicants for the job who were thoroughly screened. The school board, after a thorough review of the candidates’ credentials, believed that Dr. Jetter was the most qualified person for the job. No one could have predicted the turn of events that have transpired over the last few weeks. We continue to stand behind our current administrators, as they work tirelessly to continue to provide the exceptional educational services we come to expect.

Our district continues to be ranked among the very best, and it will continue to do so. Many districts lose superintendents on a regular basis, relying on interim leaders for several months. We just need to consider Dr. Jetter’s tenure as being that of an interim superintendent that is just being replaced.

Hamburg is a strong community. Community members rely on one another and take responsibility for their actions. We do not tolerate negativity. We band together to support and promote the positive. It is about people being held accountable for their actions. If someone brings negativity to our district and community, then they need to leave. The actions of Dr. Jetter should in no way diminish or excuse the inappropriate, unethical and unlawful actions of the other community and board members that have been subject to public scrutiny. Any disciplinary proceedings regarding board members must continue.

We will continue to stand together as a district and community to ensure that school board members and district leaders are held to the highest standards. Dr. Jetter is the one who needs to take responsibility for his actions, not anyone else. If he has a conscience and truly has the best interest of our community at heart, he should do what is morally and ethically right and resign immediately, without costing our district additional resources.

Our families feel the same frustration, embarrassment and concern that everyone else is experiencing in Hamburg. There is not one person who can fix this situation, and there is not one person to blame. We are all in this together. The Hamburg community needs to continue to work together, share their thoughts, concerns and ideas in a constructive, respectable way and support the people who are willing to put themselves out there to get the job done. Together, let’s keep on trying until we get it right!


Ed Piazza
Beth Piazza
Dan Chiacchia
Molly Reader
Jennifer Reagan
Joseph Gunning
Susan Neureuter
Jeff Neureuter
Maria Johnson
Christina Whipple
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