Budget Referendum Is Tuesday For Regi...

Budget Referendum Is Tuesday For Region 17 Residents

There are 6 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 30, 2009, titled Budget Referendum Is Tuesday For Region 17 Residents. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

A referendum on the proposed $36,792,790 Region 17 education budget for the coming fiscal year is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Haddam Ct River

Norwich, CT

#1 Apr 30, 2009
vote no until they cut some employees who are not necesary!!!!

East Sandwich, MA

#2 Apr 30, 2009
Those employees just might have helped you spell "necessary" the correct way!

This is the leanest budget of any school district around the Haddam/Killingworth area. Please vote yes to give our children the best education possible.
Haddam Ct River

Norwich, CT

#3 May 3, 2009
It is not lean enough...and until they cut the unecessary idle and useless staff members who contribute nothing to the children at the school I will Vote NO NO NO....

If you had/have kids in school you would see that the budget no matter how lean it is, is still over the top if cetain employees are still on board because they DO NOTHING!!!

It will obviously pass because of the the apathetic nature of voters in this town. If anyone paid attention it would be voted down in a second.

East Sandwich, MA

#4 May 3, 2009
Although I agree that in any organization there are employees that don't give 100%, with contracts and other protections, the staff members that you speak of will still be there whether the budget passes or not. The other sad part to this story is that any new or potential employees will never be given the opportunity to help HK students succeed because there could be layoffs (which this budget doesn't call for) or a hiring freeze (which is what is happening now).

I agree that voters are apathetic, and I am sensitive to the many members of our community experiencing difficult times in this economy (my family is one), but I hope that voters will appreciate those in the school system who work hard every day so our children can have the best education possible.
Concerned Parent

Sandwich, MA

#5 May 3, 2009
My neighbor is a teacher in the HK school system and she takes a sick day at least once a week! I like most people out there that actually "work" for a living get 10 sick days a year. In these economic times, it is assumed that you will not use all 10 days if you want to keep your job. I just wish there was a way to change the education system in this country to make it competitive like the real world. I'm voting NO to spite my neighbor.
Robert Waller


#6 May 4, 2009
I read the above article in the Courant yesterday. However the information reads like a thin press release from the school board, not "reporting" from the most important news source for the region. Where is the details, what is the rate of increase, is the budget controversal, who will gain or lose. Please do a better job in the future.

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