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Letter: ‘A Sop For Westbury Taxpayers’

A sop is a thing normally of minor value, which is given or done to please someone or a group who are angry or disappointed and they are normally thought to have little or no power. In this instance, the group with little or no power is the residents of Westbury School District.

The Westbury School Board has decided that a sop of .48 percent is to be given from 2.48 percent or that $112,098,000 is enough to pacify Westbury residents. In their opinion, they, the Westbury School Board, knows what is best for us and what we can afford. They decided in May 2011 to deny an extension to Dr. Clark-Snead but did not announce this until January 2012, six months later. If they should decide to use a search firm, it could take up to a year and cost over $20,000.

The Westbury School Board has voted to approve a school tax of 2 percent or $380 to $760 per home based on assessed value. In contrast, the Village of Westbury will not raise village taxes and Nassau County has controlled spending in all areas for 2012. Dr. Clark-Snead, the superintendent has described the school budget for 2012 as “bare-bones” and “no extras.”

She earns more than both governors of New York and New Jersey combined; $175,000 and $165,000, respectively. Dr. Clark-Snead earns $388,000 as superintendent of Westbury Schools. This sop of .48 percent is not nearly enough tax relief when you take into account the economy, incomes and the cost of living.  Then there’s the issue of our ranking as ninth worst in Nassau County overall; second worst Regents English; third worst in Regents diploma; and fourth worst in Regents algebra exams.

I say a school budget of 0 percent for 2012 is a sop we well deserve and can afford May 15. Stop the insanity and vote no!

Larry D. Wornum
Westbury resident
Former Westbury School Board trustee

News

Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.

 

In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.

 

“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 

 

Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Sports

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.

 

Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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