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Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Keeping Lawrence Safe

The writer is Elizabeth A. Duffy, head master of Lawrenceville School.

The Lawrenceville School would like to thank all of the local emergency and tree removal personnel, as well as power company workers from all over the East Coast, who helped keep Lawrence Township safe during Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.

We also extend our gratitude to our school's faculty and staff for their dedicated efforts in keeping our campus secure during the storm.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth A. Duffy H'43
The Shelby Cullom Davis '26 Head Master
The Lawrenceville School

 

 

 

Ira L. Marks November 08, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Great, now how about freeing up just a small portion of the hundreds of millions of dollars in cash reserves that the school has and pay back the millions of dollars the school owes to the township, primarily by not paying property taxes on homes owned by the schools who's parents/teachers send their kids to the Lawrence schools completely free.
Patrick November 08, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Ira to be fair, Lawrenceville School does donate quite a bit of money every year to LTEF... 65k last year alone and over a million since 1995. http://www.ltefnj.org/news/lawrenceville-school-tops-1-million-donations-education-foundation-october-2011
Ira L. Marks November 08, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Patrick-, Lawrenceville School owes LT at least $ 150,000 per year over the last 30 + years. That comes to about $ 5 million, not counting cost of money. Providing money to LTEF is appreciated but provides zero tax relief. Another claim by the school is that they provide scholarships to a handful of Lawrence students. This helps a handful of families but does nothing for the rest of the 10,000 households paying taxes
Patrick November 08, 2012 at 09:11 PM
All I am saying is you where referring to the 'free' schooling, and not sure how many homes are on their property nor how many students, but I did think it fair to say they are not total freeloaders... One thing that annoys me is when you see them advertise the golf memberships. Shouldn't that revenue be taxable?
Ira L. Marks November 08, 2012 at 11:28 PM
As my old Business Law Professor Sidney Simon once told me ( back in 1972) "They are using the law as a sword...instead of a shield" In terms of claiming that homes they have on the Lawrenceville School premises are tax exempt, just because the school itself is tax exempt.
R Mekitarian November 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Thank you Ira for your comments. The $65,000 a year is peanuts and I would be ashamed to even mention itj if I were a in any way connected to the Lawrenceville School. SERV a mental health housing organization ( and we all know mental health housing organizations do not have any spare funds) paid their 10% that the township requested in lieu of property taxes. Now the Lawrenceville School brags about its over $300 MILLION endowment fund. The school also brags about how they teach their students to give back. Please spare me this nonsense. The school should be paying its 10% of their property taxes due. Then we would not have to outsource our police dispatchers. Liz Duffy's letter to the Patch is an insult to the citizens of Lawrence. And an even greater insult to the EMS and first responders given the schools insignificant donations to Lawrence Township. Ruth Ann Mekitarian

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