Once Mamaroneck School Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried says that he is opposed to dismantling programs that the community values, and the teachers’ union rejects any salary cuts and even justifies a 7% salary increase, then there is zero chance that we will have a fiscally responsible budget.
I have lived in Larchmont for many years, and the taxpayers have always been very supportive of the school system and quite generous in approving budgets. However, as you can tell from the recent school bond vote, times have changed in the last year. So many people are in financial distress or fearful of being there that everyone is trying to cut costs wherever is possible. Everyone – including all the components of the school system – has to give something.
Does the administration value every program above the ability of parents to pay for them? And, likewise, do the teachers value their compensation above the economic hardships being faced by parents?