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April 15, 2011


Speak now, or forever hold your peace

There wasn’t much brouhaha when Bedford Central presented its 2011-12 school budget to the public last Wednesday night. In past years, we might have attributed it to general apathy, or accused the district of failing to properly present or preview the material.

Both those would be dead wrong, and the Bedford Central School District — administration and board — deserves tremendous plaudits for the way it managed its budget deliberations and presentation.

No mean feat, as they’re putting forward a — gasp! — $119 million budget.

The board’s turnaround emerged from turmoil, from the nationally notorious “Satan Suit” legal case to the mysterious departure of superintendent Debra Jackson.

The current seven-person board, led by Susan Elion Wollin, crafted a budget process with superintendent Jere Hochman and business superintendent Mark Betz that, while hardly resolving some of the most complex and intransigent problems districts face, managed to present numbers that work within the constraints.

The key has been communication, beginning with districtwide forums at all the elementary schools. Second, the district enlisted the expertise of leading voices in the community — some of whom had strongly criticized spending, management and other district affairs. These voices helped to transform the debate from one of bitter obstinacy to one of cooperation. Dr. Hochman even reached out to the press by holding informal briefings, keeping himself available for questions, and maintaining a levelheaded hand on the wheel without micromanaging school affairs.

Teachers, students and parents all know how endangered our educational system is: we face wholesale cuts; ballooning expenses; harsh choices between academics, sports and the arts; and challenges from a diverse community.

If you want to gripe about the high cost of education in Bedford Central, there’s still time. You can easily find budget information — including a pdf file of the entire budget — at their website, www.bcsdny.com.

The next board of education meetings take place on Wednesday, April 27, and Wednesday, May 4. There have already been school presentation sessions at West Patent Elementary School and at Fox Lane High School. Future dates include Monday, May 2, Pound Ridge Elementary, 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday, May 10, 7:30 p.m., at Mount Kisco Elementary; Wednesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., Bedford Hills Elementary; and Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m., Bedford Village Elementary. Additional sessions will be held Tuesday, May 3, 1 p.m., Bedford Free Library; Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m., Pound Ridge Library; and Thursday, May 12, 1 p.m., Mount Kisco Library.

Got a question or a gripe, or just want to tell them “good job”? Now’s the time.


Next week: special Earth Day issue

As we prepare to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the first Earth Day next week, The Record-Review will be presenting a special Earth Day issue.

In our area, Earth Day is every day, with our focus on gardens, horse farms and the beauty of our natural world.

Next week we’ll be taking a closer look at how people in the community are using their own backyards for green farming, how land preservation is saving critical parcels, how schools are incorporating science and sustainability into their everyday curriculum, and we’ll seek to define the key environmental issues in our area. We hope you’ll join us.

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Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    


Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    


Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Perks – 197 Katonah Avenue    

  4. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  5. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  6. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    

  2. Connie’s at Northern Westchester Hospital
    400 E. Main Street    


South Salem/Vista

  1. JNR Pharmacy – 222 Oakridge Commons;
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Cross River

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  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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