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As the parents of two children in Manorhaven School, one of our biggest concerns is the continued improvement of our community's school system. Port Washington has grown substantially in recent years and the population is in serious danger of overwhelming existing educational resources and facilities. Currently, we have 35 percent more kindergartners than graduating high school seniors. We have overcrowded classrooms and classes conducted in hallways and converted closets. Our science and computer labs are outdated and our library and information facilities are insufficient. There is no reason that a first class community such as Port Washington should be faced with this situation. Rather than letting our schools spiral into mediocrity we can, and must, take action on May 16 when we vote YES on the school budget and long term facilities bond.

The bond will enable the school district to finance significant construction, renovation, expansion and technology products designed to bring our school facilities up to the high level of excellence our children deserve. Sherri grew up in Port Washington and is a product of the Port Washington School district. She can personally attest to the very high quality of education that has been traditionally provided by this community. But in this rapidly changing world it is no longer possible for the school district to provide the type education our children need to excel without investing capital in renovations, new buildings and high technology.

It is especially important that we approve the bond in May because the State of New York will contribute up to 28 percent of the bond amount in aid to our school district. If the bond is not approved by June 30, we will lose 10 percent of that aid. This issue is not just important for parents who have children in Port Washington schools. It is equally important to empty-nesters, seniors and all other residents of our community. The quality of our school district greatly impacts all of our property values and the quality of life in Port Washington.

Please go out on May 16 and vote YES for our children's future.

Sherri and Steven Hurwitz


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