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2 Comments by hblawgrad

Hampton Bays school budget includes 18.5 percent tax hike

I’ve been thinking about this for a few days, ever since the article was published and I’ve been reading the comments posted. As my screen name notes, I graduated from Hampton Bays and I have to say I couldn’t imagine what high school would be like without the extra curricular activities or the AP classes. I was more competitive in my college applications because I ran track & field, was a Varsity Club member, was a member of SADD, Hope, Youth Court, and participated in a lot of other activities. In addition, I participated in honors classes and took 2 AP classes, getting 3’s in both of them plus the accompanying college credit. The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and a host of other media outlets report on the increasing competitiveness and burden placed on college applicants, not only to have good grades but to take a multitude of AP classes and participate in as many extracurricular activities as possible. The Hampton Bays School District is already doing the most it can with the least amount of money possible, that’s why it is only increasing its budget by 2.8%. Consequently, we have to support our school and our students. Strong schools = stronger communities. " Apr 25, 10 10:59 PM

Kelly, what about what caring communities will do for their schools and teachers? Where's the respect for the educators who work hard to ensure that each child has a quality education? It's not just a one-way street where the schools need to cut. The community needs to stop bad-mouthing our schools and SUPPORT them. " Apr 28, 10 12:09 AM