Music, Gym, Languages Possibly On Cho...

Music, Gym, Languages Possibly On Chopping Block

There are 30 comments on the WFMZ story from Apr 26, 2011, titled Music, Gym, Languages Possibly On Chopping Block. In it, WFMZ reports that:

The budget battle in one local school district drew a large crowd of people Tuesday night.

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Brian

Reading, PA

#1 Apr 27, 2011
I don't see any sports listed on the programs to cut. Why not?
Sgtbert

Bethlehem, PA

#2 Apr 27, 2011
Agreed. I'm guessing more money is spent on sports than just about anything else. Team activities are important, but most people nowadays don't get into it for the team aspect. I think music and languages are grossly under-appreciated. And why give up gym, given how fat so many kids are getting? Maybe what they really should get rid of is the high level administrators.
tamina

Allentown, PA

#3 Apr 27, 2011
why not let the parents who want the programs to pay extra --we cannot allow seniors to pay anymore--they can hardly afford to pay to survive-lets let it up to those who have kids in school to absorb these costs.
Steve PA

Moorestown, NJ

#4 Apr 27, 2011
If the teachers all agreed to take less across the board, all these progrems could be kept. They don't get it. The state and the taxpayers are out of money. so they'll cut education programs before sports? Teachers and professors across our whole education system need a wake up call. The money is no longer there. Everyone else has cut back or is unemployed. While educators are valuable, they must learn to adjust to today's economic reality like everyone else and stop griping about cuts. Suck it up like the rest of society and quit whining. And why are students who should be in class being used like pawns to demonstrate in Harrisburg? The rest of us are working for a living and have no time to demonstrate in Harrisburg except weekends. These kids wouldn't be demonstrating if they knew their very future was being traded for a bowl of soup today. If cuts are not made, they'll never be able to afford to pay the taxes in the years to come. And they will all become wards of the state upon which they will be dependent, which is just what the current political regime would like. Wake up America before the America you have known and loved is gone!
tamina

Allentown, PA

#5 Apr 27, 2011
I definitely agree--everyone else has taken cuts in pay and are struggling--Teachers make a pretty good salary and can definitely survice at a lower rate--Also cut back the admin salary--we taxpayers cannot pay another dime-- I strongly feel that our seniors should not be paying a school tax at all--they paid their dues--half the people with kids in school don't even work and are pawning off the gov't-- Lets take some of their benefits and help save this way as well.. Why should they get free cell phones and be allowed to put up xmas lights on our wallets!!!!
MRBinLMT

Allentown, PA

#6 Apr 27, 2011
Why are the schools supplying education in these activities anyway? Nothing is preventing the parents concerned from spending their own money for private music instruction. People seem to want the schools to provide everything these days from extracurriculars to breakfast and dinner.
Sports should be in the same boat, but probably isn't considered for cuts at this point simply due to interest level. Non-school sports programs are alive and well in most areas. There is no real downside to ridding schools of sports as well except for grooming for college programs...which is a separate issue.
It is long past time to rethink what the true purpose of our public schools should be.
tamina

Allentown, PA

#7 Apr 27, 2011
I couldn't agree more.. I think school should be about school-- extra activities should be on the parents--They get a tax break in the beginning of each year-what break does our seniors get? when i grew up we were poor and my mom made us peanut butter sandwiches everday for school-why should we provide breakfeast for these lazy,nonworking parents who want everything for nothing-lets cut back on some of the other govt programs and get these people out working and or have a giant soup kitchen where they make the food for these kids-its always the hard working people who suffer-
Rich

Lyndhurst, NJ

#8 Apr 27, 2011
Programs for the kids do not need to be cut. Fees can be instituted. At the school board meeting someone said increase our taxes and got an ovation. So, increase the fees if they want to pay more. No need to increase everyone's taxes. The bigger issue is compensation. There are teachers in this discrict making over $85,000 per year with a pension that pays 87% of salary for life. Principals making over $120,000. They are working on a contract with 4.17% increases. A freeze is not enough. Compensation reductions are necessary. Everyone respects good teachers but the salaries and benefits are out of control.
tamina

Allentown, PA

#9 Apr 27, 2011
good thought rich--i know we chose to not get a salry increase and also cut back our benefits to save money so noone would be cut--these teachers are pd way above what is needed for survival-most working perople make between 25,000 and 35,000 and have to survive--why 85,000 ?
Rose

Boyertown, PA

#10 Apr 27, 2011
I read that some parents want their taxes raised. What about the rest of us that have been paying property taxes years and years -- and can't afford them to go up. We are being hit on all sides these days with taxes, higher gas prices and higher food prices. Everyone is hurting and having to change their life styles. Things can't stay the same, because they are not the same.
Catmom

Lehighton, PA

#11 Apr 27, 2011
Instead of cutting PE(which is important because most kids today don't get any other exercise) and cultural programs such as music and language, cut the sports.
Languages are important in this global economy. Music enriches life when you have an appreciation of something besides rap and hip hip.
Do we want to raise kids who contribute to society, or just a bunch of jocks?
Chuck N

Birdsboro, PA

#12 Apr 27, 2011
I don't want to see any cuts, but at the same time I don't want my taxes to go up. I have no kids in school but pay for everyone else's kids to go to school. I have said for years that our school district is too large and now it shows. If I remember when I was in school and played the trumpet I got my lessons by a private teacher which my parents paid for. The band director was only there to direct the entire band and not each individual. Come up with a pay to play fee which will cover ALL the costs and maybe the strong programs will survive and the weak ones will not. In conclusion how many PROFESSIONAL athletes, artists, and musicians has the Boyertown Area School District produced over the last ten years or so??
HolyK

Mont Clare, PA

#13 Apr 27, 2011
From the inside. Here's the expected cuts. Keep in mind the administrative pay, they will not be receiving a pay cut, but will be reduced to a 4 day work week in the summer. I could go on and on with my opinions, but this list of cuts is Reality.
Budget Program Expected Plan of Attack ....
-Demote all Elem specials by 20%
-4 day Summer Work Week
-Activity Fee $80
-Centralize and Reduce Elementary Tech Support
-Centralize/Reduce Mentors
Cut 3 “new” Intervention Teachers - Funding of Lit First Teachers (Loss of ABG)
Cut 50 % of Family Consumer Science
Cut 50% of Secondary Tech Ed
Cut 50% Sec Phys Ed
Cut 50% Secondary Art
Cut 50% Secondary Business Education
Cut 50% Secondary German Language
Cut 50% Secondary Music
Cut 50% Secondary Spanish Language
Cut Athletic Admin Budget
Cut BASH Security staff
Cut Counselor Summer Days
Cut Dept Heads/ Curr Advocates
Cut Elem Library Clerks
Cut Field Trips
Cut Funding of Summer Music
Cut JH HW Help and Math Camp
Cut Maint. By 150K
Cut Maintenance Equipment
Cut Mid-day K transp
Cut Middle School Sports
Cut one clerical position from business office
Cut Strings Program K-12
Cut Summer Library
Eliminate A/V Positions
Eliminate funding of Post Season and Competitions (Travel, Food, Lodging)
Eliminate Planetarium
Increase Walking Distance to school
Non-replacement of Resigning Social Studies Teacher
Non-replacement of Retired Math Teacher
Non-replacement of Retiring Science Teacher
Non-replacement of Retiring Tech Ed Teacher
Reduce 1/2 Librarian at BASH
Reduce Before and After School Remediation
Reduce "new" Bubble Teachers
Reduce Conference Attendance
Reduce Curriculum/Professional Development Documentation
Reduce hours PT Secretaries at 4 Elementary Schools
Reduce Instructional Aides by 10%
Reduce Paid Para Professional In-Service
Reduce PM Hrs in Lib by 50%
Reduce Secondary Custodial Staff - 1 per building
Reduce Secondary Library Clerks
Reduce Technology Investment from $1 million to $950,000
Remove 2 FCS Teacher FTEs
Remove French
Sell Naming Rights and Advertisements
Sell Used Equipment
Volunteers Pay for Clearances
mmar

Reading, PA

#14 Apr 27, 2011
Get rid of sports!
tamina

Allentown, PA

#15 Apr 27, 2011
I REALLY ENJOY READING ALL THESE COMMENTS BUT WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE IS THAT WE CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY OUT ANYMORE-- THE WHOLE PROBLEM LIES IN THE INCREASING OUTPOUR OF FREE MONEY TO THOSE OF AMERICANS(OR NOT) WHO DON'T OR HAVENT;T MADE AN ATTEMPT TO WORK.. I CANNOT TELL YOU THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE PLAYING THE SYSTEM-YOUNG PEOPLE WITH LOTS OF KIDS AND ALOT MORE MONEY THAN US.. I SAY PUT THESE PEOPLE TO WORK AND HAVE THE TAXES COME FROM THEM AND NOT US.. WE WOULD CERTAINLY WOULD ACCRUE ALOT THIS WAY.. SO START INVESTIGATING THESE INDIVIDUALS AND ABSORB THE MONIES FROM THEM.. ONE BY ONE WE CAN REINSTATE OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS BY THESE MEANS-WAKE UP AMERICA
casey

Ephrata, PA

#16 Apr 27, 2011
Brian wrote:
I don't see any sports listed on the programs to cut. Why not?
sports are going to have to be payed for if you want to be on the team
casey

Ephrata, PA

#17 Apr 27, 2011
okay you know what. this freaking betts guy is ruining my education. the only reason i actually want to go to school is so i can express me through art, music, fcs and all those other electives. if he takes it away he doesn't realize how many students are going to protest and how much the test grades are going to drop and how many kids will refuse to come to school. if we still had our old superintendent i bet none of this would even happen and if it would , at least he would be smart enough to know what to cut. none of the teachers should go at all. they deserve to be there and the stupid school board should just except the deal of a 2 year pay freeze and not get rid of any of the teachers. the students now and including the ones in lower grades and ones that didn't even start school yet deserve to have well rounded educations, not just be stuck with the 4 main subjects. i can't even sit in class for 40 minutes and consontrate, let alone an hour or an hour in a half. thats just rediculous. block scheduling will never work in boyertown. no one is used to it and no one will want to get used to it. so the school board should just grow some brains and do what the students, teachers, and parents are telling them to do.
GO BOYERTOWN SCHOOOLS ! keep going after what you want until we get it. we will over come this and keep our electives and teachers present.
local

United States

#18 Apr 27, 2011
Sports - ok, but Language??
Drop English as well. Every one on the street speaks english. Let students learn there.
Delete some administrators or at least have them teach classes too.
Great way to build a society.
no more freebies

Reading, PA

#19 Apr 27, 2011
mmar wrote:
Get rid of sports!
Reading, Writing and Arithmatic; everything else by outside club sponsorship. If you want your kid to have it; you pay the freight.
John D

Quakertown, PA

#20 Apr 27, 2011
casey wrote:
okay you know what. this freaking betts guy is ruining my education. the only reason i actually want to go to school is so i can express me through art, music, fcs and all those other electives. if he takes it away he doesn't realize how many students are going to protest and how much the test grades are going to drop and how many kids will refuse to come to school. if we still had our old superintendent i bet none of this would even happen and if it would , at least he would be smart enough to know what to cut. none of the teachers should go at all. they deserve to be there and the stupid school board should just except the deal of a 2 year pay freeze and not get rid of any of the teachers. the students now and including the ones in lower grades and ones that didn't even start school yet deserve to have well rounded educations, not just be stuck with the 4 main subjects. i can't even sit in class for 40 minutes and consontrate, let alone an hour or an hour in a half. thats just rediculous. block scheduling will never work in boyertown. no one is used to it and no one will want to get used to it. so the school board should just grow some brains and do what the students, teachers, and parents are telling them to do.
GO BOYERTOWN SCHOOOLS ! keep going after what you want until we get it. we will over come this and keep our electives and teachers present.
If you're one of the students, obviously the education system isn't working.

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