July 11, 2019

Dear West Hempstead Community,

I hope this letter finds you well and that you are enjoying the first few weeks of summer.

As you may have noticed these past two days, there is a group of union workers outside of West Hempstead High School protesting two contractors hired by the district for capital improvement work as part of the 2016 bond referendum. The union delegate leading the demonstration has assured us that they take no issue with the school district, rather the specific contractors working on the project.

It is important for you to know that the district is following all proper procedures for hiring contractors, per New York State law. The contractors hired by the district are union members. The contractors, however, have the flexibility to hire non-union workers, as long as they are being paid prevailing wage. We have been assured by the contractors that this is the case. Again, the district is abiding by all rules and regulations set forth by the state for contracting capital improvement work.

Thank you for your understanding of this matter and please accept my best wishes for a wonderful summer.

Sincerely,

Dan Rehman
Superintendent of Schools