To the editor:
Thank you very much to those members of the Conway Municipal Budget Committee who voted against a three-year school contract and the proposed school budget.
The sending towns are suffering under onerous 20-year school contracts, which have inadequate provisions for long-term changes such as decreased student enrollment, increasing administrative staffs and salaries and no control over wasteful spending of taxpayers’ money, such as maintaining an elementary school building that needs to be closed.
Not to mention the school bonds, for which the sending towns have no vote but bear the same tax burden that Conway does.
We are particularly thankful to Steve Steiner for proposing a 13 percent reduction in the school budget and Jim Lefebvre for seconding it.
Mr. Steiner knows full well that keeping more money in the pockets of taxpayers will be money much better spent for their family needs in these hard times.
Like families and businesses have to do, he defined an amount to be cut and then went on to clearly define the major areas that need to be cut: “We can do this by closing an elementary school, by increasing class sizes and reducing staffing and some administration.”
We highly recommend the silent majority (read taxpayers) show up for the deliberative portion of the annual Conway School District Meeting on March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Loynd Auditorium and vote for school cuts at the town and school meeting April 11.
Eugene M. Long Jr. MD
John M. Hartman, BSEE, MBA
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