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Letter: Bedford Schools' Solomon Supports Fiscal Transparency

Bedford Central School Board member Mike Solomon.
Bedford Central School Board member Mike Solomon. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

BEDFORD, N.Y. — The Bedford Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editor up to 350 words. To submit a letter, e-mail bedford@dailyvoice.com

To the Editor:

Having witnessed the budgetary math firsthand as part of Bedford Central’s Budget Advisory Committee since 2012, it has been frustrating not to see these mathematical dots thoroughly connected in public.

Each year, we pass a budget that is balanced only at a single moment in time — the long-term projections are still fundamentally broken.

School board member Mike Solomon has been courageously trying to convey this vital but unpopular message.

He needs to be returned to the board, along with his similarly minded fellow candidates Pam Harney and Michelle Brooks.

“Don’t shoot the messenger” applies perfectly to Solomon.

It is not anti-child, anti-teacher or anti-education to seek a system that is truly balanced over the long term.

Academic excellence and fiscal sustainability are not mutually exclusive goals.

Seeking both is not seeking to “gut the school system,” as some have said.

On the contrary, only by achieving both goals can we preserve both our home values and the deep multi-generational familial roots that truly distinguish our district from others.

If supporting our children is paramount, we are failing to do that when parents are taxed out of their homes and forced to move.

How truly wonderful is it to have children surrounded by parents, grandparents and their friends who can speak to their own experiences in these same great schools?

This is the mark of true community.

Mike Solomon understands this dual mandate and will continue to work tirelessly to achieve it, first and foremost by entrusting the voters with the full transparency of the situation.

For the sake of all of the constituents in the district, he and his running mates need to be on the school board.

Sincerely,

Dean Zarras, Pound Ridge resident

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