Excellent comments. Merger or No merger we need to be fiscally responsible. That includes legislators in Albany, local school districts and tax payers. My no merger vote is based on the fact that there are too many unanswered questions. Perhaps smeone can help me to better understand. When I asked these questions at the village meetings no one could answer them for me.Make sure you vote, It is your right !!!
The question people do not ask is how will we get the biggest bang for our buck now or then?
Keep one thing in mind while ready the following. Government funded programs are just that. If ran a business like the government you would not be in business.(ie, General Motors) They could not sell there products to fund the promises from many many years before the same as government funded programs
(ie ,school systems etc.)
Everyone has the right to VOTE either a emotional or personal choice it is yours, make sure you vote!!!
Lets talk capacity levels. The true CURRENT numbers show that if the Merger happens.
Fisher elementary school will at 51% capacity
Barringer Road elementary will be at 102%
Herkimer elementary will be at 59%
Jarvis school will be at 91%
Herkimer High school will be at 60%
Ilion High school will be at 82%
All schools and staff should be utilized at maximum 100% capacity.
If the annual budget is 64,000,000 divide it by 6 schools that is 10.7 million per school.
If you average all schools at this point you will only be getting 72% bang for your buck.
A true merger is to save money and look out for the tax payer and the students. This combined district will spend $18,265 dollars per student, after laying off 14 teachers and closing Remington school in Ilion.
School boards over the many many years have caused the issue at hand. It is your choice you have the right to VOTE do it and make it count. Get involved.
1. Where is Albany going to get the proposed incentive money? 2. How can a state with an aging and shrinking population generate enough revenue to maintain the status quo? In otherwords when will the state realize we need to change the way we do things.
3. Are there Key Performance Indicators tied to the money? Is the newly formed school district required to reduce costs in order to receive additional financial aid?
4. Other than reducing teaching staff what other cost reductions are there in the merger plan?
5. How can a state that is required to annually vote on the budget able to guarantee money 14 years down the road?
6. Were other schools that recently had merger votes promised money by the state? If not, why?
7. How does the state allocate the lottery money that is intended to go to schools? Is there a better way to allocate those funds?