Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00
Having attended board of education meetings for the last eight months, dear neighbor, I couldn’t help but notice that you probably were not there. The meetings were sparsely attended, and the audience consisted mainly of persons from within “the system.” My purpose in attending was to understand why the Glen Cove School System continues to consume an ever-increasing amount of tax dollars yet, based on the results of standardized testing, ranks close to the bottom of the school systems in Nassau County.
Did you know that only about 1,600 residents participated in last year’s school budget vote and school board election? Given that there are in excess of 15,000 registered voters in our city, can a 10 percent voter turn-out result in electing representatives whose actions reflect the will of the community?
To be sure, the current board is comprised of our good neighbors, well-meaning residents dedicated to pursuing their interests in directing the operation of our schools. The question becomes “Are their interests our interests?” Without your participation, dear neighbor, the answer is unknown.
The upcoming school budget vote and election of our board of education takes place on Tuesday, May 15. Three members of the seven-person board are up for re-election. This is a significant opportunity to alter the composition of the board and to hold it accountable for staying within the mandated tax cap.
Too many of us assume that our vote doesn’t matter. The reality is that your vote has never been more critical. Be informed, participate, and vote. The school system and the money you save will be your own.