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Letter: Promises Need To Be Kept

Now that the Glen Cove school budget and bond have both passed, let us not forget the promises that were made in public prior to that vote. Specifically, at a public meeting, while trying to assure us that the budget increase was as small as possible, Dr. Aronstein, our superintendent, offered to freeze his own pay for the coming year. That promise was also published in the local newspapers. Later in that particular meeting, a board member thanked him for his gracious offer. In addition, one parent mentioned how Dr. Aronstein should be” leading by example”, and before asking any unions to take a pay freeze, top administrators should be demonstrating their commitment to Glen Cove during these difficult economic times by freezing their salaries and benefit packages, which can be quite substantial, for the coming year.

Starting with the absurd salary of Dr. Aronstein, which alone is over $234,000, coupled with an astounding array of benefits, including an annuity, car allowance, paid sick days etc. etc., the total cost to the district for him alone could be greater than $300,000. And that doesn’t include our future costs of retirement!

There may be some increases in our test scores, but there were increases in most other districts as well, and any increase in test scores has more to do with teachers, parents and children’s accomplishments, than that of administrators anyway. There are no justifications for increases in compensation - quite the opposite, especially when you consider the wastefulness of our total expenditures, such as having two high school principals, both of whom are now tenured, at a cost of somewhat over $200,000 each, and the extreme wastefulness of the Alternative High School.

I would hope that our elected trustees, in representing the people of Glen Cove, which is their job, and not school officials, would seriously consider this when reviewing the past year’s performances and any requests for additional compensation by top administrators.