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Letter: Is It True? Part I

On June 23, 2012 The Westbury Union Free School District held its High School graduation at the air-conditioned Tilles Center on the campus of C. W. Post University.  The graduates, parents and guests were happy and proud.

The Tilles Center at C. W. Post University has been the site of Westbury’s High School graduations for over 10 years. Westbury’s High School graduation ceremony in terms of venue is truly exceptional.

You see, most high school graduations tend to be a bit more “common,” being held at the high school auditorium or outside on the school’s grounds. But then again, most high schools out-perform Westbury in their state rankings, number of graduates and test scores – education’s primary mission and the primary task of a high school.

A representative of the Westbury High School administration told me that the graduation ceremony was free for parents and guests to attend. I explained that though I wanted to attend, I had neither children attending nor graduating from any Westbury School. The representative said, “If possible, I will attempt to get you tickets. The tickets are free.”

The Westbury High School graduation is anything but “free.”

Graduation of the Westbury High School students at the Tilles Center of C. W. Post University has cost the district and taxpayers of Westbury $95,000 over the last 10 years, or over $9,000 per graduating class for two days use of the facilities.

Yes, we are “exceptional,” paying for something that we already have an abundance of: land and space.

Every taxpayer contributes to the graduation at C. W. Post; $95,000 is exceptional, or exceptionally wasteful and misguided.

If you doubt the accuracy of any of the statements I have made here, call the Westbury Union Free School District at 876-5000.  Follow the prompts to speak with the business office or outgoing superintendent’s office.

Larry D. Wornum
Former trustee, Westbury Union Free School District
Westbury resident