For those of us teaching in the Port Washington School District, Port Washington is our community. It really doesn't matter whether or not we actually own our homes here, because we really do live here in every sense of the word. We patronize the wonderful Port Washington restaurants, shops and salons. Here, we do our dry cleaning, order flowers and stationery, and even do much of our marketing at the few supermarkets left here. Many of us have opened bank accounts here. We subscribe to the local papers to keep abreast of the news of this community. We really are an integral part of Port Washington. We attend cultural events here and encourage others to do the same. We contribute to our students' fundraising and sporting events, scholarship funds, and various special funds set up through Parent/Teacher organizations. We support the Port Washington Educational Foundation and other local charities. We donate food, clothing, books and money to the needy here. We contribute immeasurably to the success of the schools by voluntarily serving on joint committees long after the regular school day is over. We work with you and your children to make this town the wonderful place it is.
It is in this context that I write to share my hope that the board of education will negotiate a fair successor agreement to the teachers' contract immediately and that we will never again be forced to start a school year without a contract in place. It is only right.