February 4, 2014
Pete Seeger, a New Yorker, who lived in Beacon, one of America’s most renowned folksingers and untiring environmentalist died on January 27, 2014 in New York City. He was considered by many the conscience of our country. He was the voice for a variety of key issues that have framed our society including the Civil Rights Movement, peace and anti-war, the Vietnam War, and the struggle for a clean environment. Close to home he was responsible for raising the awareness of the toxicity of the Hudson River. Due to his advocacy the Hudson River has become significantly cleaner and he was responsible for creation of the “Slope Clearwater” a sixty foot slope that sailed up and down the Hudson River bringing attention to this critical cause.
He will be remembered most by the many songs he wrote and sung to protest and support the above issues. The socially influential songs that are credited to Seeger include but not limited to the following:
- “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”
- “If I Had A Hammer”
- “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
- “Little Boxes”
- “Precious Friend”
“We shall Overcome” perhaps the most influential song he sung became one of the anthems for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. In fact Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders utilized this song during protests across the country. This song has resonated with people all over the world and I highly recommend you use the attached link to listen to this song and several of his others.
Like so many other civil rights advocates and advocates for other causes, for most of his career he was shunned by the government and was barred from performing on both radio and television. However, public television stations initially embraced him and his causes.
Seeger indicated on the American Masters on PBIS, “Once upon a time singing was part of everyday life. Finding the right songs intergrating them into our daily lives with others, only then will peace be possible and hope for the human race.” Pete Seeger was clearly an American hero and deeply loved his country. The courage to speak out and sing for justice and peace helped shaped who we are today. Pete Seeger will be missed.
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The annual audit conducted by O’Connor and Davies was completed and is attached. The financial statements submitted to the school District for the year ending June 30, 2013 were presented at the January 29th meeting and was approved. The report indicates that the District’s 2012-2013 revenues exceeded the District’s expenditures in the amount of $259,163. This is the first time in many years that revenues exceeded expenditures. In addition the District has been able to satisfy some of the delinquent payments to NYSHIP, TRS, and ERS. The District’s administration is committed to ensuring that this trend continues for the 2013-2014 school year and beyond.