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As a mom of four kids, I have been so impressed with the caliber of faculty, the education, the athletics, art and music programs. My sons attend SSMS and SSHS and my daughters graduated in 2010 and 2012. Our district has a great reputation with colleges and I would hate to see this jeopardized. Of course we all want lower taxes but not at the expense of our children. John O’Shea has a vested interest in continuing to do both.

John understands school funding is an extremely complex issue. You don’t need a CPA to grasp that the real tax issues we need to unite against are coming from Albany in the form of unfunded mandates and a dysfunctional funding system. Pensions, health care costs and excessive standardized costs are beyond our board of education’s scope of control.

Of course the budget is a major issue. However, a trustee position encompasses so much more than that and requires tremendous dedication and commitment. It’s a full time job including lengthy board meetings, daily phone calls, PTA meetings, school concerts, plays, sporting events, graduations, meetings with administrators, conventions and more. John has clearly demonstrated his passion, drive, focus, and expertise in adhering to this demanding schedule.

John O’Shea has a proven track record of fiscal responsibility. We can rest assured that he will continue to make progress on this front without compromising on the educational value. I look forward to seeing what he can accomplish in a second term and I hope you join me in re-electing him.

Judy Griffin

Rockville Centre

O’Shea is right choice

To the Editor:

I am writing to urge my fellow residents to support John O’Shea in the upcoming Board of Education election.

During the financial crisis of 2008 when the board proposed the modified Princeton Plan — which would have dismantled our neighborhood schools — John assembled parents armed with petitions, examined the budget and pressed the board for answers. Upon learning of countless oversights, an abundance of waste in the budget, the negligence of capital improvements, mounting infrastructure issues, program cuts and absolutely no tax relief in sight; his frustration grew.


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RVC has pretty junky schools, no IPAD program, no real program for gifted kids etc. The majority of that budget is going towards, teachers salaries, pensions, medical, step increases, insurance costs, fuel etc.

Yet the PTA expects you to believe the lies it is for the kids. It is to pay the rich teachers benefits and even worse most of the money is going towards adminstrators and retiree benefits not even your kids teacher.

Vote No against this budget. The PTA should have allowed a representative of folks in RVC with no kids in school district to also comment.

Funny how the vote is on a school day when are parking spots are filled by parents and teachers so the folks with no kids who want to vote cant get a spot. Funny how no internet or write in votes so the elderly can vote.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | Report this

The above post has some merit-The elderly are not considered except by Ms. Rubino and by the senior Bill Victor (myself) who is running against two incumbents who do not even return phone calls when citizens have suggestions or questions and they have OKd a salary of over $127,000 including an increase but not including perks for a Director of a small backward in technology library serving a small community -and closing Sundays after the summer in order to pay an inflated Director;'s salary and a very non transparent library government. I suggest you vote for change with Bill Victor (that is me aka William Victor on the ballot) who is first on your ballot in today's election, a lifetime resident who has practiced law in NY and other states to help taxpayers and all clients( young and old ) with consideration fairly for their economic means in NY and federal jurisdictions as lawyer , teacher , professor and part time arbitrator for decades. In any event the only way you can effect betterment and change is to vote today at the South Side High School before the poll closes at 9PM. The first step is having read this post for which I thank you. Bill Victor

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | Report this

When have the School PTAs ever opposed the proposed budget?

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