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Letter: School budgets are 'death' of LI

Bellport residents vote during the school board elections

Bellport residents vote during the school board elections at Bellport Middle School in Bellport. (May 15, 2012) Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

The school systems on Long Island are more cunning and corrupt than the Mafia ["Get to the bottom of vote software," Editorial, April 24]. This system is a self-sustaining, encapsulated enterprise.

How many times have you been told that if the budget isn't passed, your kids will lose programs? Oh no, no football? Not lacrosse? But I need that chance at a scholarship! Pass the budget! Pass it at any cost!

All the while, superintendents laugh all the way to the bank with $400,000-a-year salaries. The cost is ultimately going to be the death of this island.

Families are leaving Long Island, all while the voting populace is duped into believing that the municipal workers are the reason taxes are so high.

Brian Sullivan, Garden City