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Cheers and jeers

June 22, 2013
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To another cloak of secrecy. Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School District Superintendent Dan Russom has retired. We all hope to reach that chapter in our lives. But with Russom's retirement comes another slap at taxpayers. Russom was placed on paid leave in February. No explanation ever was given about the complaints surrounding the need to place him on paid leave. No formal charges were filed. And now, he has retired. We tried to find out how much all of this cost the district, but those figures were not released. We will seek information related to this situation under the New York State Freedom of Information Law. Oppenheim-Ephratah isn't the only school district or government agency that aims to keep information about the discipline of public officials secret. Taxpayers should ask questions every time little or no explanation is given regarding one of these cases.



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