Written by Rose Ryan, RN Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00
On Oct. 21, I went to a school board meeting at the Westbury High School. That night I find out that our teachers are working without a contract. From June 2009 until now and still they have no contract. But the administrators are all getting raises and they know our teachers are working very hard with our children.
I see this. I am on the PTA and SEPTA. My name is Grandma Rose Ryan, RN. I help out at the school. As a taxpayer, I also want to know and let other taxpayers know that we are paying a salary to a principal at the Westbury Middle School. He had not been there in two years. And the district will not let us know what this is all about. This is taking away from our children and teachers.
As a taxpayer, I cannot pay any more out in taxes and the senior citizens cannot any more. Administration needs to look around and see (smell the coffee). Some people have no jobs and money but the administrators have given themselves a raise. This is not right. Our children should come first.
Administration also thinks that everyone has a computer; not so. The board of education had a website, WestburySchool.org, but it was not up-to-date as of Nov. 2.
If the taxpayers go to some of the school board meetings you can find out where your money is going. It’s not going to our teachers or our children. If you come to a PTA or SEPTA meeting you can help our schools and our children and teachers.
Also, a lot of trips are going to be canceled in the coming years. The funds are not there. The district is going to add on to two of our schools in the coming year. We are so overcrowded: Westbury High School (grade 9 to 12) has 1,171 students); Westbury Middle School (grades 6 to 8) has 900 students; Drexel Avenue School (grades 3-5) has 496 students; Powell’s Lane School (grade 3 to 5) has 465 students; Park Avenue (grades 1 to 2) has 720 students; and Dryden Street School (pre-K and kindergarten) has 720 students and some who get bused out to Wantagh to go to pre-K. This costs taxpayers extra money for busing and teachers.
So come out and help our teachers and children, come to our PTA and SEPTA meetings. Call your schools and they will tell you when and where and the time of the meetings. I also need to thank all the teachers that help with the Project Military Holiday cards. The children are doing a great job at Powell’s Lane School and at Drexel Avenue School.