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Rocky Point School District Wants Astroturf

All money spent in our school district comes from taxes. It doesn't miraculously appear!

Tonight I went to the Rocky Point Board of Education meeting on the proposal to, among other things, use about $1 million to install astroturf on the football field. I'll be honest, I don't know if it's really needed, if, as was stated tonight, it's safer for the kids. What I do know, however, is that the dialogue about this was incomplete at best.

Here's what we kept hearing, we have the money, it's in the capital projects reserve fund, and it's not going to cost us anything. Well, I'm confused, didn't that money come from the taxpayer? Or did it miraculously appear out of nowhere? And when we need to replenish the fund, isn't it again going to come from the taxpayer?

The president of the parent-teacher association asked Dr. Ring how long it had taken to raise that money, to which Dr. Ring answered five years. OK, the proposal now is to use $900,00 of the reserve fund for the track, a little over $1 million for the astroturf on the field, and $300,000 for renovation to class labs. This comes to about $2.2 million. Divide this by 5 years and it comes to about $440,000.

Actually what was put in the reserve fund over the five eyars was more than that since some of it has already been used for other projects. But we'll ignore that. This means that if the district had not put in the $440,000 in this fund last year, it could have stayed under the cap without threatening to cut kindergarden.

I don't know if it's a good idea or a bad idea to spend this money on the turf, but to say it doesn't cost anything because we have it is ludicrous! We have it because tax money put it there and tax money will be needed to replenish it!

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Respect Everyone September 17, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I think all of you have important comments. Please go to the Rocky Point Schools website and email the Board of Ed your comments. I'm not sure if they see this blog, but they should!
Respect Everyone September 17, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I agree with you. And I think Mr. Reh was very disrespectful. He does not represent Rocky Point in a professional manner.
AnotherLocalMom September 17, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I think what we can all agree on is, first, that the district needs to give us all the information, the pros and cons of all the issues. I went on the website and read the proposal for this, and many of the concerns that were brought up at the meeting by the woman everybody's talking about are in the proposal. Yet, Dr. Ring didn't geel the need to talk about any of them--only the advantages! Secone, there can't possibley be anyone out there who doesn't support the right of everyone expressing their opinion. If there is, then they're the ones that should leave--this country!!
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Zack Modine April 29, 2013 at 07:45 PM
As a student athlete at Rocky Point, I feel like I have to say we desperately NEED this new track and field.

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