Parents Speak Out Against Long Island School Closures

BALDWIN, NY (CBSNewYork) – School closures and layoffs are among the choices facing a couple of Long Island school districts as they consider cost cutting measures.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

A task force met with parents at Baldwin Middle School last night and revealed its recommendation that the Shubert School and either the Steele or Milburn schools be closed.

Angry Baldwin parents have spoken about against the plan to close two elementary schools, but some longtime homeowners here say it may be the best way.

“No matter what you do in this world, whether you’re the church, whether you’re the government, whether you’re Dunkin’ Donuts, financial considerations are very important and you have to always do something that is financially reasonable,” a man named Don Paul told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs on Thursday. “I feel not just Baldwin, but most towns have to economize in reference to educational costs… even if it means shutting down schools.”

Paul believes school closures should only be a last resort.

In Long Island’s Middle Country school district, officials are considering dozens of layoffs and eliminating sports and other programs to cut $10.3 million.

Decisions in both districts are to be made by early next month.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Cut the Tax

    Jason the money is going to Teachers salaries. wake up 70% of the budget goes to there 5 figure salary free health care for life and when they retire a 5 figure retirement. They will cut everything they can to maintain what they get paid. Remember it’s not about education and all about money.

  • jason

    i dont understand i am a baldwin parent and i pay huge property taxes over 13k a year and the resonse is that we have high school taxes. we are higher then our neighboring oceanside. we all know oceanside is a better school district and dont understand why we pay more. they also say they are raising my school taxes in the upcomming year. my question is i pay over 9k to school taxes and i am only one house. private schools are cheaper then that. people that dont have kids pay the same as well. where is all this money going here is a scary statistic Compared to the rest of the country, Baldwin’s cost of living is 47.40% Higher than the U.S. average.Baldwin public schools spend $11,073 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $5,678. There are about 13.2 students per teacher in Baldwin. there is alot of fraud going on and as a homeowner that is a parent and wants to raise his children here. something has to stop. you cannot over tax people then under deliver. if they close these schools then i demand a refund from my property taxes and if my children cannot go to school in baldwin then why pay the school taxes of 9k per year i will send them to private schools. i say we start a petition to have our county audited and account all the monies that they have spent and where its going. somone is making money for doing nothing and they should be jailed. it doesant make sense that we pay one of the highest taxes in nassau county and we dont have all the nice things that should go along with it.

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