Opinion

I am sure many people have heard this expression. Our community is being asked to commit themselves to 15 years of repaying a loan to finance many improvements to the schools. Not only is there no good reason to do many of these things, such as air conditioning the high school auditorium, but I don't believe there is a sufficient plan or cost estimate for any of these things either. The reasons given by Dr. Aronstein in the past and board member Joel Sunshine at the middle school tour last Saturday, is that we don't want contractors to know how much we are estimating the costs to be. This is ridiculous, since all contracts are set by sealed, competitive bid, which also have to be approved.

Dr. Aronstein has sunk to a new low with the flier posted on the website and distributed to every home in Glen Cove last week. This large four-page treatise is as devious a piece of propaganda as has ever been distributed by the school system. No matter how the payback numbers are reached, we will still have to pay back $13.9 million plus interest - for most things that many believe are not needed.

Consider the photos on the back page of this flier. The first shows "ponding" of water on a roof with the statement that this is the cause of "ongoing leaking and erosion." I believe this to be untrue. These are flat roofs, which hold water indefinitely, without leaking, until emptied by the roof drains, if clear, many of which aren't. Another photo shows a wall in the middle school which the caption says can no longer support replacement tiles." What nonsense. These are one foot thick masonry walls, not sheetrock walls behind a bathtub. Then there is the photo of a faucet with the caption "The plumbing and sinks in student bathrooms are rusting." I ask: how is it possible for brass plumbing and faucets, and ceramic china sinks to rust? Another two photos use the word "erosion" in their captions.

The only thing which I see eroding is the public's confidence that Dr. Aronstein and his employees can maintain our buildings, despite having what I calculate to be more than sufficient money which is budgeted every year, including years that had contingency budgets, for that purpose. These nine photos, along with the recent public tours of the schools, and finally the tragic injury to a little girl's finger in a door, reinforce my contention that the deterioration which has been going on for years, has not been resolved and may have actually increased during the last three years of Dr. Aronstein's leadership.

This bond proposal, with its methods, is yet another scheme to keep the public in the dark. I don't want my money thrown into a black hole, thank you. Vote NO to this scheme. Vote NO to Dr. Aronstein's methods. Vote NO to the bond.

Rick Smith


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