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Letter: This Time Around

I refuse to be swayed by Superintendent Clark-Snead’s rhetoric of “it is for the children,” or “our children deserve the same things as other communities give theirs.” This time around I refuse to be taken advantage of by voting against my best interest and that of my family by voting in favor of any school tax increase. I am telling my neighbors to vote against the proposed school tax of 2.48 percent or $112,098.000.

I have waited and hoped for academic improvement.

There has been no appreciable in the school district’s academic standing or ranking.

I simply want value for my school tax dollars. The value I am no longer waiting for is improvement in Westbury’s academic ranking. I have tried to work within the system, attending school board meetings, asking questions, voicing my concerns. The outcome then and now has been utter failure. Yet here we go again asking me to approve a school tax increase that will cost me more than $870.

I am retired on a fixed income. I’m married and our home is paid for outright. We are charitable; however, we are not foolish nor given to voting against our interest when the requestor (Westbury Schools) has not met basic expectation: progressive improvement. Once you look beyond the major structural improvements, a track, a swimming pool and now, a dance studio, none of which have resulted in better scores or ranking, why would any sane person invest (school tax) in Westbury Schools, even if it were a penny stock?

No! Not this time.

Frank J. Telese
Westbury resident