District 10 School Board OKs $31.8 Mi...

District 10 School Board OKs $31.8 Million Budget

There are 11 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 9, 2008, titled District 10 School Board OKs $31.8 Million Budget. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Fewer than two dozen people attended the public hearing on the budget Monday at Lewis S. Mills High School, and no one spoke against the proposal.

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Feduptaxper

Hartford, CT

#1 Apr 10, 2008
The 2008-09 budget adds a $54,000 salary for a high school wellness teacher, a new position created out of "concerns for class size and safety," Superintendent Alan Beitman said. Another $9,200 will pay for instant alert software that notifies parents of emergencies, early dismissals or delayed openings.

What does a wellness teacher have to do with class size? Maybe he can reduce the size of an individual student?

Does it add an elective to the curriculum in order that existing elective classes have some place to put the overflow of the students, thus saving money by NOT hiring additional teachers for popular exisiting electives?
Somebody please explain.

Next thing you know, they will be hiring personal trainers!

The instant alert software, while a technological wonder, is a total waste of money. It often calls AFTER we have received an e-mail from a TV station or have learned through radio and TV of delays or cancelations.. It has also made duplicate calls to our residence and has called late in the day to inform of evening activity cancelation when nobody has been home. No big deal...we already knew anyway.

If you just have to spend money, why not can the alert system and give back the art supplies?

How many of us are going to have another 3.78% increase in our personal finances. How much does this actually translate to the property owner in terms of actual dollars and cents?

What type of increased tax burden will the town budgets add on top of this?
Bob

Monson, MA

#2 Apr 10, 2008
This will lead to more property tax increases.

There will be a lot oF signs that read "HOUSE FOR SALE BY OWNER"
craig

Wallingford, CT

#3 Apr 10, 2008
First of all, Instant Alert works great! You can customise when it calls you, and why. It's nice to get a call at 6:00 am to tell notify you of closings. I have received calls when I was at work for other concerns, early closings, etc.
Second, show me any other costs that have gone up less than 3.78%....
BURL1

Fort Lee, NJ

#4 Apr 10, 2008
First let me say what a great job the new superintendant Mr. Bietman is doing. He is a breath of fresh air. He has brought back respect to the superintendants position in Region 10. He has managed not to cut school resources and have a 3.78 percent increase in his budget. Show me another town in Hartford County that will be having 3.78 percent increase this year. Avon School Board proposed a 9.88 percent increase and Plainville 9.4 percent increase. I think we need to applaud Superintendant Bietman and the school board for passing a responsible budget.
Feduptaxper

Hartford, CT

#5 Apr 10, 2008
craig wrote:
Second, show me any other costs that have gone up less than 3.78%....
How about most people's paychecks? A cost to the employer, NOT the taxpayer.
How EVER did we survive without the instant alert system?
Feduptaxper

Hartford, CT

#6 Apr 10, 2008
BURL1 wrote:
First let me say what a great job the new superintendant Mr. Bietman is doing. He is a breath of fresh air. He has brought back respect to the superintendants position in Region 10. He has managed not to cut school resources and have a 3.78 percent increase in his budget. Show me another town in Hartford County that will be having 3.78 percent increase this year. Avon School Board proposed a 9.88 percent increase and Plainville 9.4 percent increase. I think we need to applaud Superintendant Bietman and the school board for passing a responsible budget.
Do you know just how much YOU pay in property taxes to the town without looking it up because it has been factored into your mortgage?
craig

Wallingford, CT

#7 Apr 10, 2008
Feduptaxper wrote:
<quoted text>
How about most people's paychecks? A cost to the employer, NOT the taxpayer.
How EVER did we survive without the instant alert system?
Woah! good point My check has not increased one bit, in fact my overall salary has decreased over the last few years.
But every thing else (food, gas, electric rates, insurance, clothing, rx drugs, water, taxes, funeral costs etc...) you get the picture. 3.78% sounds pretty good right about now.
Feduptaxper

Hartford, CT

#8 Apr 11, 2008
craig wrote:
<quoted text>
Woah! good point My check has not increased one bit, in fact my overall salary has decreased over the last few years.
But every thing else (food, gas, electric rates, insurance, clothing, rx drugs, water, taxes, funeral costs etc...) you get the picture. 3.78% sounds pretty good right about now.
If you have had a decrease in salary and think ANY increase sounds good, you must be the most easy going carefree person in town. I KNOW my property taxes have increased quite abit since I bought my house, and they constitute almost as much as my principal and interest payment. Who needs a subprime loan with the tax system the way it is in CT? Schools need to be funded by the state as income tax is based on ABILITY TO PAY. Many other states outside the Northeast fund schools as such, and homeowners are not forced to move when their homes are mortgage free!
Bobo

Hartford, CT

#9 Apr 21, 2008
I want a decresae in spending to get tehm back on track, since they have been overspending for years, including the gold-plated high school. Wellness teacher? Every time I drive past that electronic sign it says waste.
Jeffrey Wagner

Brooklyn, NY

#10 May 15, 2008
31.8 million divided by 2800 students(region 10 website)=$11,357.14 that's a lot of #2 pencils. How can a they say they need that amount of money per student and keep a straight face. First graders need paste, crayons, and big thick red pencils not 11K. Want to save money it is easy get rid of the administrators and all the other programs that are not directly involved with the 3 R's and how about all these sports programs whats next competitive basket weaving?

Region 10 harps on the fact they are only raising taxes 3% or 4%. For me it is simple every year it is 3% or 4% after 10 years that is a 30% or 40%. Think about if you stay for 20 or more years. No wonder I choose not to return and why other people are leaving. Then throw on the state income tax, federal tax, car tax and all the other little taxs the state and feds throw at you there has to be a point where your pay check all goes to taxes.
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