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Letter: We Just Cannot Afford It Any More

Yes, in Manhasset, we have one of the best schools in the country. Yes, our teachers are hard working. Yes, we have improved the facilities, but the facts are louder than words. According to sources in the Manhasset education system (and please do verify them…)

1. It costs us over $23,000 per child per year. That is more than the average we pay for a college education. It makes no sense.

2. We are doing better in expenses than others but that is false... How are we doing compared to ourselves... We cannot claim victory when every one else is failing miserably.

3. These increases are causing tax increases of more than the “2 percent” claimed by our different elected officials from both sides of the spectrum. The fact is that more elderly on fixed income are forced out of their houses because of these higher taxes.

4. According to school officials, the starting salary for a teacher in Manhasset is over $60,000, the average or mean is over $100,000. We are told the law does not allow us to fire them and get cheaper ones. I do not believe that the private sector has these salaries or this kind of atmosphere. They teach in Manhasset and not in any dangerous school district. Their benefits are extraordinary. I don’t begrudge them, but we simply cannot afford them.

5. While we all want our children to get the best education, there is a limit to how much we can spend.  

6. The results obtained by the school district, while patting ourselves on the back, are not that brilliant.  Less than 10 percent of our children end up in Ivy League schools or equivalent. To get good schools, we surely can spend less.

 The neighborhood is changing. Our elderly are literally being kicked out of their homes because of the taxes. Let’s stop this crazy spending.

I do hope you vote sanity... and you vote down the excesses.

Antoine (Tony) Crassa