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I would like to correct a misstatement which appeared in the last issue of the Port Washington News. It stated that I suggested that the BOE have their new architects also prepare an estimate of the cost of locating the proposed 1200 pupil middle school at Sousa, instead of Weber. While I believe this might be a good idea, this is not what I said. My suggestion was that the BOE have the architects explore the feasibility and cost of having two middle schools which the BOE had rejected as an option by default at their public meeting on Oct. 10.

I suggested this because the vote the BOE took on that evening was based on incomplete, inaccurate and unrealistic information about the options presented to them. While it appeared that there might be a large monetary difference between these options, this in fact may not be true since the two options could not be equally and appropriately compared.

When the architects presented partial design concepts at the BOE meeting this past week, it was evident that the cost of having Weber as the sole middle school would be much greater than the BOE had anticipated. It was also evident that some necessary items in this option have not yet even been addressed. Having two middle schools, an option supported by staff, parent groups and many community members, would eliminate spending a non-state reimbursable, estimated $1,600,000 on additional administration facilities and even more money for parking spaces and new roads, as well as preserve existing fields and greenspace while decreasing traffic congestion.

I believe this community and the children served by our district deserve the chance to have the important issues about these two options more fully, honestly and openly explored by the BOE before this decision which will have such a major effect on all of us becomes final.

Nancy Cowles


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