Councilors fail city parents, students

Councilors fail city parents, students

There are 39 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jul 2, 2013, titled Councilors fail city parents, students. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

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the city I hate

United States

#2 Jul 2, 2013
I wouldn't be surprised if the orders are to waste as much fuel as possible, so they can come back in the middle of winter and whine that this wouldn't have happened if the budget wasn't cut $200,000. And everyone of them will say, I told you so, and now the poor little children are freezing their butts off and fleeing to south county schools were it's warm and sunny all day long and third graders aren't getting knocked up and can read at a third grade level.
firefighter Bill

Chesterfield, MA

#3 Jul 2, 2013
This guy has big balls to say this. Maybe he should try working from the city side. Schools can do no wrong the rest of the city employees can go F them selves.
the city I hate

United States

#4 Jul 2, 2013
"TAXPAYERS, BEND OVER ... IT"S HAPPENING AGAIN - THE $$ "EXPERTS" HAVE COME IN, AND THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE IS SEARCHING FOR A NEW SUPERINTENDENT. THE NEW SALARY: BETWEEN $150,000 and $170,000 plus BENNIES"

From the archives of PLANET VALENTI (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2012)

He become extinct recently so I thought I'd unearth this fossil record.
David Leonard

Pittsfield, MA

#5 Jul 2, 2013
85 % of the school budget goes for employees who work 184 days a year, average 60k, and get an automatic pay raise between 3%- 6% every year.

Not a bad gig.....The city council should have made the teachers take a wage freeze...that would save 1.6 million a year.

The teachers union refused a 20M race to the top grant because they might have to be measured on there performance.

and they say its about the children....
City I Love

Pittsfield, MA

#6 Jul 2, 2013
David, here is a little more tidbit about our school department.

2 years ago they took a 1.3 million dollar stimulus grant and turned into department raises. This move created a long term liability.

Guess who is going to fund that?

I am sick and tired of my tax's being raised for teachers salaries and then them saying its all about the children.....give me a break
Mark Anthony

Pittsfield, MA

#7 Jul 2, 2013
I too am sick of the School Department and the mindless School committee.
the city I hate

United States

#8 Jul 2, 2013
We know what they care about, and we know it's not the children. Watching Noseworthy, the city councilors, the mayor, and the city council meetings and school committee meetings and the budget hearing is offensive.
Mark Anthony

Pittsfield, MA

#9 Jul 2, 2013
I watched the council meeting last night and was relieved to hear that our wonderful Mayor Methadone aka Bianchi stated to the Council that it is just fine for the school department to spend down all there excess funds at the end of the fiscal year.

Now we would not want them to turn that money back to the city to help reduce the tax raise would we?

Thanks Mayor for the enlightenment. Now I know why I voted for you.....
City I Love

Pittsfield, MA

#10 Jul 2, 2013
I agree watching Noseworthy and Bianhci makes me sick.

The ones on the city council who voted in favor of the cuts I applaud.
the Big Bang Theory

United States

#11 Jul 2, 2013
More from the archives of PLANET VALENTI (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, Friday, April 26, 2013) before he became extinct. "WE HAD IT FIRST: PITTSFIELD WILL SPEND $1.3 MILLION TO 'STUDY' TACONIC HS PLAN ... MONEY WILL NOT MORTAR ONE BRICK ... HUGH EXPENSE COMES ONLY BECAUSE AMUSO-LED SBNC HAS FAILED THE COMMUNITY ... plus ... CITY TO HOLD FARMER'S MARKET ON BOILING, BROILING ASPHALT OF MUNI PARKING LOT

and PLANET VALENTI (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MAY 9, 2013) BUDGET AND CUTS: SPENDING PLANS REVEAL MUCH, AS IN PITTSFIELD SCHOOL DEPARTMENT'S CONTINUED FISCAL DECEPTION ... IT's 'FOR THE CHILDREN," NOSEWORTHY ACTUALLY HAS THE GALL TO SAY ... CIVIC BUDGETS DO NOT HAVE TO KEEP RISING - TWO CASES IN POINT FROM GB & STOCKBRIDGE
the Big Bang Theory

United States

#12 Jul 2, 2013
More from the archives of PLANET VALENTI (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MAY 10, 2013) PITTSFIELD SCHOOL COMMUNITY IS ON THE TAKE ... PLANET PRESENTS DISTURBING EVIDENCE, FOUND IN DUEL AGENDAS: THE PUBLIC AGENDA AND THE SECRET GOB AGENDA .. EACH MEETING'S ACTIONS ARE COOKED IN ADVANCE ... DONE DEALS THWART DEMOCRACY AND KEEP PITTSFIELD SCHOOLS ON THE ROPES

and PLANET VALENTI MONDAY MAY 13, 2013) THE TALE OF TWO AGENDAS: PUBLIC MUST CALL ON SCHOOL COMMITTEE TO EXPLAIN PRESENCE OF SECRET, HIDDEN AGENDAS
the Big Bang Theory

United States

#13 Jul 2, 2013
and more from the archives of (PLANET VALENTI WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2012) REPORT FROM AND ON THE COUNCIL: CITY TO TAKE MORE AGGRESSIVE APPROACH IN PURSUING DEADBEAT PROPERTY OWNERS ...USING 'FREE' CASH TO FUND TEACHER PAY RAISES? NOT A GOOD IDEA, BUT IT PASSES.....
A Den of Theives

Pittsfield, MA

#14 Jul 2, 2013
I agree with everyone else that the school committee is robbing the taxpayers blind and laughing about it behind closed doors. Please keep this in mind this fall because two of these misfits (Conant and Yon) are going to be running for city councilor positions. and if they stabbed you in the back as school committee people you can bet your ass they will do it even more as city councilors. Make sure to put on your calendar to vote against these fools in November. They are not coming to help you that is for sure.
the Big Bang Theory

United States

#15 Jul 2, 2013
City I Love wrote:
I agree watching Noseworthy and Bianhci makes me sick.
The ones on the city council who voted in favor of the cuts I applaud.
Well, you know, it's an election year. If they were serious they would have cut it to the bone. After listening to scary Barry during the budget hearing it looks like they could have cut much much more.
ship of fools

United States

#16 Jul 3, 2013
A Den of Theives wrote:
I agree with everyone else that the school committee is robbing the taxpayers blind and laughing about it behind closed doors. Please keep this in mind this fall because two of these misfits (Conant and Yon) are going to be running for city councilor positions. and if they stabbed you in the back as school committee people you can bet your ass they will do it even more as city councilors. Make sure to put on your calendar to vote against these fools in November. They are not coming to help you that is for sure.
Dopey Capitanio, scary Barry, Lothrop the Monster, Yon the witch, Krol the troll, Cotton mouth Churchill, the beauty queen Mazzeo & the runner-up Connell. And without a doubt, whoever it is, it'll be another crummy mayor. Whoever it is! And forever and ever, Alf on the school committee. I can barely look at him without almost puking. But that also goes for the all the above. They all like the Honey Boo Boo & family characters, only much worse.
Glen Back

Pittsfield, MA

#17 Jul 3, 2013
Wouldn't it be nice to see top notch products graduating for the money spent per kid? No we get 70 to 75 % kids like the lady who was talking on the phone with Trayvon before he died! I'm not talking color, just education!
City I Love

Pittsfield, MA

#18 Jul 3, 2013
It is actually Conant and Kathy Amuso who are going to run for council not Kathy Yon. They are trying to take the council over to vote for more raises for the teachers.

As a side note Christine Yon voted against the school budget and for the 200K cut.
David Leonard

Pittsfield, MA

#19 Jul 3, 2013
83% of the school budget goes to salaries, automatic raises, and benefits.

10% goes to operating expenses, maintenance, janitors, heating, plowing, transportation, etc.

5% goes for supplies & after school activities sports, other

2% finds its way to the students and classroom.

Do the math... 55 Million for the total school spend.

And it is all about the children
the city I hate

United States

#20 Jul 3, 2013
Of course Yon voted for that less than drop in bucket cut from the budget. Why not, they still increased the budget by more than $1.6M, so why not. It's an election year. But it was as phony as scary Barry's histrionic fit over the school department's money hoarders, hoarding taxpayer's money, and wanting more. They want more, give them more, more is better, they want more! After all, it's for the children. Including all third graders who should be able to read at a third grade level by the time they get knocked up or drop out of school. Which ever comes first.
Demagogue

Pittsfield, MA

#21 Jul 3, 2013
the city I hate wrote:
Of course Yon voted for that less than drop in bucket cut from the budget. Why not, they still increased the budget by more than $1.6M, so why not. It's an election year. But it was as phony as scary Barry's histrionic fit over the school department's money hoarders, hoarding taxpayer's money, and wanting more. They want more, give them more, more is better, they want more! After all, it's for the children. Including all third graders who should be able to read at a third grade level by the time they get knocked up or drop out of school. Which ever comes first.
Scary Barry did get carried away. You have to admit he did his research and was prepared and proposed 1,500,000.00 in cuts. The other councilors should have taken his lead. He was the only one willing to do the right thing. Like him or not he was correct.

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