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Here they go again. The Lords of Academia and the Aristocrats of Arrogance. Having suffered the defeat of the first school budget which raised taxes 10 percent, they are now resubmitting a budget with a tax increase of 9 percent. That's like filing your fingernails and claiming you are on a weight loss program.

As an observer of the PWSD for 17 years and the only person who has prepared a five year long range financial plan, it is my opinion that this school district is grossly overcharging the community while under-delivering first rate service. As Newsday's survey of the top 100 high schools in the country recently reported, almost all of the comparable school districts in Nassau County were in the top 100 and far out-distanced Port Washington which hovered close to 200. Embarrassingly, high schools in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and Texas were in the top 20. Perhaps it is time the PWSD traded in its dental insurance for merit pay.

Since 40 percent of the PWSD employees live in Port Washington (over 400 people according to school records), a strong community turnout is essential. This bloated budget, which builds upon all the wrongdoings of the past, is unjustifiable and unaffordable. Under NYS law, a budget defeat will still leave the school district with far more money than it needs but will at least turn the tide toward fiscal accountability and sanity. On June 21, vote no at the Weber Middle School.

Steven M. Schlussel


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