Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00
Although we are trustees on the Glen Cove Board of Education, we are writing this letter as individuals, not on behalf of the board. We are writing to sincerely thank the Glen Cove Administrators’ Union for their cooperation and generosity in negotiating a freeze on their salaries for next year. This sacrifice by each of our individual administrators allowed us to lower the proposed tax levy by $80,000. They did so despite the fact that, in this year’s proposed budget, the board cut 15 percent of the administrator positions in the district. The Administrators’ Union could have insisted that this money be used to save a job for one of their members. However, they recognized that, in order to get this budget passed, we needed to lower the proposed tax levy as much as possible, and agreed to allow us to give all of this $80,000 back to the taxpayers, in the hope that the Glen Cove community will support the budget.
The Administrators’ Union could have also insisted that we extend their contract for an additional year. However, they did not. The only thing that they asked in return was for each individual administrator to be paid back this money — which they were entitled to receive under their contract — whenever that administrator leaves the district. That is, each administrator has essentially given an interest free loan to the district, much of which will not have to be paid back for many years into the future, and at no additional cost to the district.
We thank the Administrators Union for their cooperation and their generosity. They have seen the benefit of working together as a community to solve the difficult problems we face in these difficult economic times.
Joel Sunshine and Dave Huggins –
Trustees, Glen Cove Board of Education