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Over the last few weeks there have been numerous letters written to the paper giving the teachers a bad rap. All you hear about is how teachers are overpaid, or how they are half-time employees. I just think that arguments and attitudes such as those tend to miss the mark completely. For the record, I think the teachers in our community do a fine job, probably better than most in Nassau County as well as New York state. After all, look what they have to put up with in terms of our board and the demands of our community.

Do some teachers earn a lot of money? Yes, absolutely as do many other members of our community who have worked diligently at the same profession. Are those salaries out of line with our peer districts or other neighbors? Not at all. In my opinion teachers are civil employees and are entitled to fair and honest compensation; and that includes raises that are in-line with the rest of Long Island. Further, having taught in the classroom, if anybody thinks that teaching is that easy then I would urge them to give it a try.

I think the teacher's union has conducted themselves to the highest standards of good faith in this latest round of negotiations. Their proposals were genuine, and the sacrifices that they offered were certainly in the best interests of the school district and our children. I realize that there are some, myself included, who want more controlled school spending; but I don't think that making the "teachers" the target of that frustration serves any purpose. Personally, I am very much in favor of the compromise we have reached.

Lastly, on an unrelated issue I would like to congratulate the administration for doing the "right thing" in terms of the families who were in jeopardy of not being able to send their kids to their home school. As reported, some parents were told that their kids might not be able to attend the same school as their next door neighbors due to overcrowding. Yet despite the indifference of some members on the board, I am proud to report that all of the kids affected were able to attend the schools that they were rightfully expecting.

Jon Zimmerman

Trustee, PWUFSD


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