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Your leading article on "Options for Long Range School Facilities Plan Unveiled" may not receive much feedback because it stuns and overwhelms the taxpayer in its excesses. They are left speechless. Many taxpayers will undoubtedly plan to leave Port Washington by the year 2005 if Option B is pursued with plans for Schreiber to become a middle school and a new 260,000 sq. ft., high school is built on the Guggenheim property, costing $60 million.

With all housing and development plans being carefully scrutinized in town, where will all these new students appear?

Living near Daly school where a new grand library wing was built costing hundreds of thousands of dollars freeing space for new classrooms, the new Weber Middle School absorbing sixth graders from Daly and other schools, how can this have not helped? Perhaps it is time to reassess the number of students in each class. Studies confirm it is not the size of the class, but parental involvement with their children's studies that make a difference in how well students perform. Why are taxpayers being forced to build more buildings, hire more teachers and teacher's aides when five or six more students in each class could assist in the student fluctuation from decade to decade.

Middle class families now find it necessary to send mothers into the workforce; with both parents working today they make less than one breadwinner in the 1970s. It is inconceivable that they be made to suffer yet more increases in state and property taxes.

As a store owner in town, businesses are even hit harder with tax increases. If we are to maintain a healthy business and residential base, we must find creative ways to "live within our means."

Cecilia Renga



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