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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Hewlett-Woddmere budget to increase by $3.7M
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Ann E. Friedman/Herald
Kenneth Rochler, a Woodmere resident and the father of four boys in the Hewlett-Woodmere School District, voiced his concerns about the teachers’ contract and its impact on the budget at the public forum on March 21.

Woodmere resident Kenneth Rochler, who has four boys in the district, said that the public forum offered parents an opportunity to get together and discuss their budgetary concerns. “I wonder if we really look at the whole thing, and that maybe there are more savings out there,” he said. “All in all, Hewlett-Woodmere is a great district. There are a lot of programs and kids thrive, but the tax bill kills you, and it hurts paying for it.”

Mary-Anne, a Gibson resident who has three children in the district and who did not want to give her last name, said she was disappointed by the low turnout of district parents. “This is the time to make a difference,” she said. “We need to come together as a community and voice our concerns.”

The Hewlett High School graduate said that the reason she decided to enroll her children in the district is the exceptional administrators. “It’s a wonderful school system,” she said. “I can’t afford to live here, but I do, and I don’t know how people are surviving; I really don’t. I hope this proposed budget is a fair assessment of what’s happening and the economic climate many of us are experiencing.”

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