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Letter: What Savings Have the School District Realized From Outsourcing?

In a public forum, you made a statement that the district has realized significant savings in the budget as a result of outsourcing. So you must have some basis for this statement. Additionally, Mr. Cardillo has commented on your efficiency, having all the numbers at your fingertips at a moments, which has been documented in the Manhasset Press.

My question to you is simple: how much has the district spent on legal fees for the outsourcing lawsuit? And, if the district has set aside $6.6 million for back pay, please elaborate how that has saved the district money.

Additionally, the district is expecting the taxpayer to vote on the matter of purchasing new equipment. At the Oct. 22 meeting the board authorized a vote on a $6.270 million bond issue to be held Dec. 15. Is this another part of the significant savings realized by outsourcing?

The information provided to the taxpayer for the original vote to outsource represented nothing but savings.

Taken from FAQ’s Transportation Outsourcing in the Manhasset Public Schools “All known variables had been included in the projected savings. Futhermore, they (Dr. Gavin and Rosemary Johnson) have indicated repeatedly that they are ready, willing and able to discuss the basis for the cost-saving analyses with any community member who requests it.”

Does this still hold true?

Rosellen Gemino

(This letter was sent to Rosemary Johnson, assistant superintendent for business for the Manhasset School District, and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)