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When Congressman John Dingell, former chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, discovered that some of America's most prestigious universities were misappropriating federal funds, he said "I have investigated just about everything on the earth, but I have never seen anything like the arrogance of academia."

The proposed school budget for next year of more than $108 million is an extravagance gone wild. It is a budget without any long-range financial plan which funds everything from dental insurance to medical insurance for people who don't need it. While asserting it has no control over the cost of retirement benefits, health insurance premiums and unfounded government mandates, the PWSD continues to hire employees like there's no tomorrow while turning its back on substantial cost-saving programs like long range financial planning, using volunteers for after school activities, reducing staff to reasonable numbers and providing for competitive bidding and salary structures. With fewer students today than in 1980, the PWSD is headed toward spending over $1 billion in the first decade of this century. That's the equivalent of making $100,000 a year for 10,000 years. For all its extravagance, repeated State scores have for years demonstrated the PWSD fails to achieve excellence.

This Manifesto of Arrogance should be soundly defeated and then the only candidates who offer any hope of salvation for this town should be elected: Peter Wezenaar, Joel Katz and Frank Russo.

Steven M. Schlussel


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