Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00
I’m sure people have been reading the articles in Newsday about the high property taxes on Long Island, and especially the school taxes, which I read amount to 65 percent of the taxes paid.
I believe that the schools are over-administrated and the administrators are overpaid. Teachers are also overpaid and have great benefits. Neither is ever happy with what they receive but point to other districts that may have some better benefits and demand the same.
In the late 1980s, I was on the Glen Cove School Board. With 3,000 students and about 10 administrators, our budget was about $30 million. Today, with 2900 students and many more administrators, our budget is $68 million and climbing.
The school boards are to blame for not doing their job fairly. Too often they are administrators in other districts or retired school employees or have close relatives working for the school district. They cannot be objective in their actions.
My older brother was a professor at the New School for Social Research for 20 years. When I told him about the situation in Glen Cove, he was shocked.
I was told by a former assistant superintendent that they had to be paid more because Long Island was an expensive place to live. My answer was, “Where do you think I live?”
The school boards must represent the taxpayers, not the administrators. They have the power to cut back or cut out excessive spending and they should.
Study each board member’s background and see if he or she is or was connected to any school system in some way. If they are, I believe they cannot judge objectively.