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The Continuing Education Advisory Council of Port Washington met at Schreiber High School, Monday evening April 3, for our regularly scheduled meeting and learned that outsourcing of the Continuing Education program to SCOPE was to be included in the revised (reduced) school budget to be presented the next evening.

The current program is self-supporting through tuition fees. The cost side of the Continuing Ed program was cut from the proposed budget without recognizing its offsetting revenue contribution. The reduction of this line item will be $75,000.

As a board-appointed committee, we take our advisory role seriously and believe we should have been consulted about this proposed change. We are concerned about the process that excluded us from this decision.

Questions remain.

We would like to know why there was no competitive bidding; what will be the terms and conditions of the proposed contract (e.g. what costs will the district incur as a result of management fees and other expenses), and how will this Suffolk-based organization meet the needs of the Port Washington community? Are financial records and references from other school districts which have contracted with SCOPE available?

We look forward to a response from the school district and wanted the community to be aware of this situation.

Karen Bachor, Susan DeLuca, Fred Falconer, Nadine Genova, Marilyn Gilbert, Beverly Halm, John Keane, Ted and Roberta Klopman, Andra Kustin, Betsy Liegey, Theresa Lynch, Patricia Maher, Ira Schloss, Rita Tanski and Fern Treiber

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