The letter writer's assertion is laughable that schools are increasing salaries because they're being charged lower retirement system contributions ["Schools should return extra cash," March 13].

I have negotiated multiple contracts and have seen dozens more from around the Island. Not one has a provision that increases salaries in the event of a decrease in a district's retirement system contribution.

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What some districts are doing with the money that's not needed for pension contributions is restoring programs that were cut at the height of the recession. Others are replenishing reserves that have been steadily depleted since the implementation of the tax cap.

I agree wholeheartedly with his suggestion that "everybody should bring this topic up at school board meetings." I agree, because then people will get the facts, not ill-informed rhetoric.

Frederic Stark, Oceanside

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Hewlett-Woodmere Faculty Association.