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Letter: BOE Should Define ‘Support’

I just read in this paper a letter by the Glen Cove Board of Education in which they say that “Dr. Aronstein has the complete support and respect of this board of education.” I think that they should define “support” and clarify whether or not they agree at any or all times with his decisions and policies. Many people in this community, including myself, believe that this cannot be true because they disagree at their public meetings. It is not possible for all members of any body who are doing their job representing the public, to agree unanimously all the time, since the very people they represent don’t always agree all the time. That is why there are an odd number of people on the school board, so that there is always a majority, often by only one. I think unanimous votes tend to be suspicious.

As far as the board’s comment about Dr. Aronstein continuing to do an “outstanding job for our district, as demonstrated by our fourth straight year of increased Assessment scores and Regents scores,” I don’t believe that is completely accurate. All scores have not increased, but even if some have, according to an August 4 article in The New York Times, test scores have risen virtually everywhere across New York State over the past seven years. Besides, a child’s academic results have little if anything to do with a school superintendent, in my opinion. Rather, it is the children, their parents and the teachers’ efforts that are directly responsible. It is disingenuous to give Dr. Aronstein, who many people, including myself, believe is doing a very poor job for this district, any credit for what positive results have been achieved in the past few years without proving his direct involvement.

Carolyn Dodge