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Letter: Need For Better School Leadership

If our schools were considered a “business” and the students considered the “clients” and the “business” had difficulty staying within budget, the business would look inside before threatening to cut services or raise prices, especially in this economic environment.  The “business” should have strong, responsible leadership to do what many other businesses have done these last several years – cut salaries and extraneous staff—i.e., assistant principals, assistant teachers, etc.  We have no representation for our children in our schools.  Our school leadership puts teachers’ interests before our children’s needs. 


There may be manhates by the state for medical and pension benefits that can’t be changed in this generation, however, there should be appropriate and responsible negotiations made for salaries. Many of us in this community have had job losses, salary reductions, and loss of bonuses in the last several years.  We cannot keep absorbing the increases for teachers.  In addition, the continual tax increases are making our homes undesirable for resale. At the same time the diminishing quality of Manhasset schools and the threat of further cuts by Dr.


Cardillo will surely decrease the desirability of our community.  We are being offered a lose-lose situation.


If the school administration is concerned about our children, their extra-curricular activities, the reputation of our Manhasset schools, the administration and those who negotiate with the teachers and unions should look within for answers before threats of cuts that will increase class size, eliminate enrichment programs and sports.


Laura Pandelakis