To the Editor:
Many community members, past employees, students, and families attended the Albany County Sheriff’s Department’s Open House at the Clarksville School on Saturday. The building looks great and everyone we talked with expressed their enthusiasm about being in the building, which is evident by the care they have taken with it.
I was impressed to see the wonderful large painted murals in the primary wing still being displayed. They are a fond reminder of the fifth-graders who were involved in the project.
Thank you for the opportunity to see the building.
The decision of Bethlehem Central School District to close the Clarksville School was a sad blow to those of us who love and worked in the Clarksville School and the members of the community.
That being said, the pleasure we felt in seeing the sheriff’s enthusiasm and care of the building is diminished by actions taken by the school district.
The removal of tiles purchased specifically for the school by families and employees of the school, removing the Clarksville Elementary School letters from the front façade, further diminish the historical identity of the Clarksville School building. We would encourage the district to restore the Clarksville Elementary School letters onto the building façade in recognition of the historical use of the building and to honor the past students, families, and employees who attended and served with love.