What about the Valley School Merger
Taxpayer

East Syracuse, NY

#613 May 9, 2012
"We've used our reserves over the last couple of years, those are empty," says Superintendent Bruce Karam. "Now nothing to offset deficits of the last couple years, the state aid has not increased to where it should, foundation aid now frozen... so we had to make painful layoffs."

The proposed budget eliminates 7 administrative positions, 144 teacher positions and approximately 66 other staff positions, cutting a total of 217 jobs from Utica City Schools. It also reduces full day kindergarten to half day and brings cuts to other school programs.

Despite the cuts, Superintendent Karam says the budget keeps the cost at what tax payers can afford.
Status

Fort Collins, CO

#614 May 9, 2012
What is the status on the combination. Is it the past
Taxpayer

Utica, NY

#615 May 12, 2012
We often hear about school budget deficits, but one area district is managing to keep costs low by utilizing what they have.

"We're reliant more on tax base than on state aid," said Town of Webb School District superintendent Rex Germer said.

However, it's not the only reason that the school district finds itself free of a budget gap. Germer explained the school board's thought process of the school budget by saying, "really trying to be proactively planning to make sure that we can transition year to year and hopefully survive some of the cuts that other places are seeing."
Taxpayer

East Syracuse, NY

#616 May 15, 2012
Representatives with the Herkimer Central School District say they received hundreds of thousands of dollars less in state funding than they had anticipated.

Now, they are finding ways to make up for it in the 2012-2013 budget.

The Herkimer Central School District's budget is a $20 million budget that, if passed, would increase the tax levy by 2%. It would also cut 2 teaching jobs and do away with many of the junior varsity sports. However, there would be no changes to academic programs.
Taxpayer

Utica, NY

#617 May 20, 2012
Well all the local school budgets passed, great job taxpayers

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#618 May 21, 2012
Taxpayer wrote:
Representatives with the Herkimer Central School District say they received hundreds of thousands of dollars less in state funding than they had anticipated.
Now, they are finding ways to make up for it in the 2012-2013 budget.
The Herkimer Central School District's budget is a $20 million budget that, if passed, would increase the tax levy by 2%. It would also cut 2 teaching jobs and do away with many of the junior varsity sports. However, there would be no changes to academic programs.
And it's just starting.
Taxpayer

Utica, NY

#619 May 22, 2012
Hope people buy more lottery tickets.
Taxpayer

Utica, NY

#620 May 24, 2012
The plan to merge three Herkimer County School Districts is moving forward and the State Education Department likes what it sees.

The Department just approved the three district reorganization study for Herkimer, Mohawk and Ilion and community forums will begin in June.
Taxpayer

Utica, NY

#621 May 27, 2012
A year ago, the Brandywine Heights School District made pretty much every cut its leaders could think of to close the gap in its budget.

The staff was trimmed. Programs were scaled back. Every nickel and dime was squeezed. And that has left little wiggle room this time around.

"We picked all the low-hanging fruit," said Dr. Martin D. Handler, superintendent. "And we've picked the medium-hanging fruit. There's not much more to pick."

As school districts across Pennsylvania struggle with yet another tough budget season - districts must pass balanced 2012-13 budgets by the end of June - the financial picture for public education continues to darken.

Last year Pennsylvania public schools saw nearly $900 million in state and federal funding disappear. This year Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal would shave another $95 million.

Add to that an economy that's still struggling, depressing local tax bases, and continued increases for things such as retirement contributions, salaries, charter school costs and other expenses, and it's not a pretty situation.
taxpayer

East Syracuse, NY

#622 Jun 5, 2012
Herkimer, Ilion and Mohawk schools will begin their series of community merger meetings on Wednesday, June 6, where they will share the latest information on the proposal to merge the three school districts and give residents a chance to ask questions.
Taxpayer

East Syracuse, NY

#623 Jun 6, 2012
School taxes would go down in Mohawk and Herkimer and stay the same in Ilion. For example, taxes on a $100,000 home in Herkimer in 2012-13 are projected to be $2,051, $2,108 in Mohawk and $1,723 in Ilion. In a reorganized district, a home with that value would be assessed $1,723 across every community in the district.
taxpayer

East Syracuse, NY

#624 Jun 7, 2012
Consolidation can be a stressful time for students, teachers, and parents.
Taxpayer

East Syracuse, NY

#625 Jun 8, 2012
YORK, Pa.- A big crowd turned out for a meeting Tuesday on York School District's plan to merge the middle and elementary schools to save money.
Some parents worry younger kids would be bullied by older students.

Superintendent Deborah Wortham said there are benefits to having students in one building.

"And the research says that students in a K-8 model perform higher on standardized tests than students in a traditional middle school," Wortham said.

The school district is facing a $19 million budget deficit. The merger would save about $2 million.
taxpayer

Utica, NY

#626 Jun 10, 2012
When three elementary schools in Illinois' Unity district merged, the principal of the institution absorbing all the students suggested that the three presiding PTO presidents keep their positions to lead the new Unity West Elementary School in Tolono.
taxpayer

East Syracuse, NY

#627 Jun 11, 2012
Teachers at the Mayfield Central School District will switch to a lower-cost health care plan and forgo their cost-of-living raise during the 2012-13 school year as part of a two-year contract deal between the bargaining unit and Board of Education. The move will save the district nearly $500,000 next year.
AOYP

Cicero, NY

#628 Jun 11, 2012
taxpayer wrote:
Teachers at the Mayfield Central School District will switch to a lower-cost health care plan and forgo their cost-of-living raise during the 2012-13 school year as part of a two-year contract deal between the bargaining unit and Board of Education. The move will save the district nearly $500,000 next year.
What ya cooking up today Chef?
taxpayer

East Syracuse, NY

#629 Jun 13, 2012
MILLINGTON, TN -
(WMC-TV)– A proposal is in the works that could cut the number of teachers while increasing class size when Shelby County and Memphis City Schools merge.
taxpayer

East Syracuse, NY

#630 Jun 14, 2012
The Utica Teachers Association and the city school district reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that would restore all cuts to sports and full-day kindergarten and 60 teaching positions.

Teachers, however, will not give up $1.5 million in raises and 157 employees still will lose their jobs.
taxpayer

Utica, NY

#631 Jun 15, 2012
School district consolidation is touted as a way to save money at a time of shrinking education aid. While joining schools together can bring back programs by putting more students in classrooms, it can also mean some schools will be left vacant and that a community loses part of its identity.
School district consolidation is a favorite talking point of those who control the purse strings for the state's coffers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that school districts concerned about the new property tax cap should combine resources to save money and has offered hundreds of millions in grant money for those that do. Education Commissioner John King is pushing suburban schools in densely populated areas downstate to merge and has suggested county-wide districts and large, regional high schools. Districts are under significant pressure to consolidate, merge into one or simply share some functions.
Taxpayer

Utica, NY

#632 Jun 18, 2012
Three more public meetings are planned to offer information on a possible merger of the Ilion, Mohawk and Herkimer school districts. Each forum will follow the same format and involve all three superintendents. The meetings will begin with a brief video and a review of the three-school proposal. The superintendents, with assistance from members of the Community Advisory Committee, will then answer questions. Meetings begin at 6 p.m.

July 25: Herkimer High School auditorium, 801 County Road 245, Herkimer.
Aug. 9: Ilion High School auditorium, 1 Golden Bomber Drive, Ilion.
Aug. 22: Herkimer County Community College auditorium, 100 Reservoir Road, Herkimer (no building tour).

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