We passed a $66 million school bond that will raise our taxes by seven percent. Now I understand our new $81 million school budget will require another 12 percent or so tax increase on top of the seven percent. That means we are raising school taxes in this one year alone by a total of 19 percent. Are we crazy? Are we really spending $17,500 per pupil, as I read in a recent letter? Do we really have one teacher for every 10 1/2 pupils, while the average teacher in Nassau handles 13? And is it true if Port increased to 13, we could actually reduce our school taxes? Are these people who pressure our school board into spending more and more going to remain in Port Washington, or will they leave as soon as their kids finish school? Some of us who would like to stay in Port have no kids to educate and so we pay taxes without imposing any school costs. Do you really want to drive us all out, and replace us with families that will drive up school costs even more? The only way this ridiculous budget will pass is if too many of us do, indeed, fall asleep on May 15. Most of our kids have gotten or are getting a good education because most of our teachers, like most teachers in general, are pretty good, and because most of our parents are encouraging their kids. The big problems, both in learning and behavior, are generally occurring in dysfunctional families. Let's not buy this nonsense of throwing more and more money at an educational system that may lack some things, but money is clearly not one of them. I'm voting "No."
Edward A. Conte