Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00
This is a new year for the Westbury School District.
As a taxpayer I already see things happening. Some administrators got raises [and] we have a new assistant superintendent, Robert M. Brisbane, who will be making $170,000 a year, four times as much as my husband makes a year as a truck mechanic, a hard job out in the cold. I hope the new assistant superintendent will be good at his job and worth the money he receives.
On the other hand, the school’s secretaries have been without a contract since June 2009. They work very hard in our school district and long hours. Also, the principal at the middle school has been out almost a year and a half with a paid salary; the district will not tell us why or what happened but the acting principal, Mr. Hinson, is doing a great job and should be able to keep the job title.
Also, to let you know, our pre-kindergarten are still being bused to Wantagh (1309 Wantagh Avenue) the district calls it the Dryden Annex. This is not right. These students are babies, only 4 years old. Bring them back to the Westbury School District. Put the new assistant superintendent’s salary toward our children’s schooling. Bring them home to Westbury.
I would like to wish Dr. Root, the district’s former assistant superintendent, good luck and happy retirement.
If you care about our schools, attend school board meetings. They are held at the high school at 7:30 p.m. The next one is Feb. 24. Also, come out and join SEPTA, the Special Education parent/Teacher Association at the Powell’s Lane School. Their next meeting is Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Our children need a good education and our schools need to be worked on. It is up to you, the taxpayer, to speak up at a meeting or call the school district.