Wednesday, 13 May 2009 09:18
No one has to be reminded of the economic times we are experiencing. So why then is our school board putting forth a budget increase of more than $2.5 million? What departments are receiving our dollars? Is it salary increases?
I urge parents to get more involved in understanding exactly how our tax dollars are being spent and how increases now are not necessary.
The custodial/maintenance people have frozen their salaries and they are not high income earners! Bravo to you all! Thanks to Dr. Gordon as well who has frozen his salary. Why haven’t teachers stepped up and followed his lead?
How can anyone expect an increase in salary now? Now is not a time to be greedy or expect more. Now is a time to be thankful for the jobs and salaries that we do have. No one is hurt by a salary freeze!
In addition, we have an excess of positions such as directors, assistant principals, psychologists and guidance counselors. Do we really need all these positions? These positions cost millions of dollars annually.
Approximately 10 other school districts on Long Island and in the tri-state area have agreed to a 0 percent budget increase. Why can’t Port Washington do the same?
The proposed 2.3 percent increase does not reflect fiscal responsibility. It does not reflect the needs of our entire community. The proposed increase is still too high. The budget can be reduced, salaries can be frozen and education for our children can remain at a high quality. Your vote is important. Voice your concern and vote “no” on May 19th.
Now is the time for the people to express their concerns as teacher contracts are being renewed.
P. Esposito, PhD