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This is in response to a letter to the editor in last week's Port Washington News (Feb. 8). In said letter, Dana Geiger suggested that "the proper way to accomplish the enhancement of our school facilities is to do some of it each year ... fund $2-3 million per year ..."

I respectfully disagree with that theory. Let's say, for argument's sake that we abandon all reason and fiscal responsibility and deem it "proper" to proceed with Ms. Geiger's funding scenario. Where do we start? How do we prioritize? In short, who gets the short end of the stick for a few years? Can any of our needs afford to wait five to 10 years for the attention they deserve right now? If you were building a house would you build the living room, see how it turns out then proceed with another room til that was done to your satisfaction and so on? I think not.

In addition, I find fault with Ms. Geiger's assessment that our school board has a one sided educator/administrator view and not that of a taxpayer. I dare say that all the members of our board, being Port Washington residents are ipso facto taxpayers.

The real point, however, is that our schools are in dire and immediate need of improvement and expansion. These are not mere wish list luxuries. Look at the numbers of the incoming kindergarten classes. Walk through the cafeteria at Weber. It isn't big enough to accommodate an entire grade during lunch. Do the math.

Please join me in voting for the school bond on March 20. We can't afford to wait another year.

Shari R. Rosenthal


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