Recently, the local newspaper made an excellent point when it was stated that the Potsdam and Canton athletic teams have been long time rivals. This is going to be an issue during talks about consolidating the two districts into one. Currently, there is one athletic merger between the two districts, the wrestling team. By all accounts, this merger works well. Potsdam wrestlers would not have an opportunity to participate in the sport otherwise and have made an excellent contribution to the team.
Perhaps all of the athletic programs should be merged as a
trial run for an eventual merger of the two districts. This type of merger does not require a public referendum. It would give students, parents and the community an opportunity to get to know each other and learn to work together. It is guaranteed
that all of the issues and concerns of the public will come forward
should this suggestion be made on both sides. Administration and the Boards of Education will have an opportunity to explain all of the reasons why the merger makes sense and how it will be in the best interest of the students and the community.