Rockville Centre letters to the editor

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We live in a town where a home recently sold for $690,000. The school taxes on that home are $16,654.93. Those are just the school taxes — not inclusive of the general county or the village taxes. And this is not an atypical example. We have to worry about the future of our community and whether it is sustainable to constantly raise school taxes wholly disproportionate to the cost of living, while pricing our next generation out of the housing market. We want our kids to have the best education, but we also acknowledge there is much waste in the system. We need Lynda Rubino now more than ever.

She is most qualified — she is a hard worker, she is knowledgeable about current school board issues and she has a clear vision for the future of our children. Please join me in voting for Lynda. Our community wants change and our children deserve better!

Rose Palmer

Rockville Centre

Cast ballot for Rubino

To the Editor:

I am writing to support Lynda Rubino for the Board of Education.

Her qualifications are excellent — in fact no one seems to dispute them. There seems to be hysteria among numerous residents, specifically parents of public school students, regarding Lynda’s decision to run.

References have been made to the situation in Lawrence. It would be interesting to hear what they actually mean, but I believe it has to do with the election of school board members who do not have children in the public schools.

While on the surface it may seem like a credible argument, it really shows a lack of understanding of the role of the school board and superintendent. On the other hand they may feel that Lynda is somehow outside the RVC “mainstream,” but then again much of RVC can be considered outside the “mainstream.”

According to the Center for Public Education, the role of the school board is to be the critical public link to the public schools, incorporate its community’s view of what students should know and be able to do. Finally, school boards are the education watchdogs for their community, ensuring that students get the best education for the tax dollars spent.

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