As a parent of a former child in the Roslyn School District, I am upset with the board of education's lack of due diligence in finding the "fluff" in the budget. Everyone is tightening their belts and finding ways to reduce their own personal budgets, so the school budget is no exception. The lack of transparency within certain categories in the budget is disturbing.

If you are spending someone else's money, it is much easier to not be as concerned about the cost. And if you spend more, do you really believe you get the best?

We all know that there are items that can be removed without jeopardizing our children's education. Our children's education must continue on the high level that it is. And it can, with a zero percent increase in the school budget. To the board, I say, "Go over every single line of this budget and eliminate what is not needed. There is a big difference between what is needed and what is wanted."

The teachers, the administration and the community should be on the same team ... this should not be an adversarial relationship. Nor should the parents (of school-age children) be afraid: (1) to ask the teachers and administration for concessions or (2) that this request could have a negative impact on our children.

The board of education has an obligation to the entire community to always present an appropriate budget.

For too many years, we have gone along. Not this year.

J. Samuels

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