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Letter: Vote Yes On School Budget

After months of discussion and careful consideration of the needs of the students and the community, the Board of Education has proposed a budget that delivers responsible, quality education within the tax cap levy limit.  

The proposed 3.29 percent tax cap levy increase allows our district to maintain programming, while making the necessary investments in technology and security, as well as restoring full-time librarians at the elementary schools.  

This proposed budget is a sincere example of unions and administration working together to provide the best for children and our community at large. Our new Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kathleen Mooney, and our Port Washington Teachers Association were able reach an agreement that resulted in a total of 1.3 million dollars in concessions from our teachers union. This agreement has afforded our Board of Education the opportunity to maintain class size, athletics and clubs and the current PEP program with minimal cuts in personnel.

This budget is not perfect and there are certainly things that we would have liked to see included. It is imperative however, that we all go out and vote in support of this proposed Budget. Now, more than ever, we need to show our support for the collaboration amongst all our bargaining units. Apathy will put our community at risk for failure and that will ultimately cost us much more.

The School Budget Vote and Election will take place on Tuesday, May 21, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  All registered voters are eligible to vote in the School Budget Vote and Election.   

Please come show your support and vote for our children’s future.  Please join us in voting YES for the 2013-2014 School Budget!

Emily Beys and Lauren Edwards

Co-Presidents Parents’ Council

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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