fire teachers and hire more cops thats this weeks news in the rome sentinel
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#2 Apr 16, 2011
Rome City Schools issue notices to around two dozen teachers who won't return next fall because of $4.5 million budget cut>
#3 Apr 16, 2011
Five new officers were sworn in for duty with the Rome police department today, and they will all be headed to police academy for six months.
The five new hires are: Kelly L. DAmbrosio, Chad Murphy, Jeffrey M. Sanders, Alexander E. Sypniewski and Daniel A. Vescio.
The starting salary for a new officer is $29,711.25. Upon completion of the academy at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, the pay increases to $39,615.
The officers all scored 90 or 85 on the test and were the highest scoring candidates available, according to Public Safety Commissioner James F. Masucci. Murphy, Sanders and Sypniewski scored 90s, while DAmbrosio and Vescio each scored an 85.
The additional five officers bring the department to full authorized strength. To be able to hire the new officers and send them to academy in time to train them and put them on duty, the Board of Estimate and Contract recently had to authorize the department to temporarily increase its full strength to 77. When it reverts, it will be 76 officers. In May, an officer will retire and the department will have 76 members in uniform. These newly-hired officers will be on duty in Rome for six months for training before being put on patrol alone.
¿ DAmbrosio, age 24, is from Rome. She graduated from Rome Free Academy in 2005, then from Keuka College with a bachelors degree in science and in science with a minor in Spanish in 2009. She is the daughter of Ralph and Donna DAmbrosio. Before joining the Rome police, she worked with Oneida County Stop DWI. She is one of four female officers in the department.
¿ Murphy, age 33, is from Rome. He graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1995 and attended Mohawk Valley Community College. He is the son of Patricia Murphy. Before joining the force, he worked in the Oneida County Sheriffs Office and Rome Memorial Hospital.
¿ Sanders, age 24, is from Camden. He graduated from Camden High School in 2004 and then from Hobart College in 2009 in the pre-law program. Before joining the department he worked in construction.
¿ Sypniewski, age 29, is from New Jersey. He graduated from Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls, N.J., in 1999 and from the Passaic County fire academy in 2000. He and his wife Stefanie have two children, Alexa and Travis. Before coming to Rome, he worked for the Borough of Woodland Park, N.J., in the Department of Public Works.
¿ Vescio, age 29, is from Rome and is a graduate of Rome Free Academy. He is the son of Mark Vescio. He and his wife Jennifer have a son, Anthony. He previously worked
#4 Apr 16, 2011
so mr jeff simons bend over . i bet that silly grin is off your face right now . what happened to that powerful teachers union ?
#5 Apr 16, 2011
Layoff notices this week for 12 teachers and a local tax increase of 1.75 percent are on the likely path for the Rome school districts 2011-12 budget that will be presented to district voters on May 17.
The Board of Education reached an informal consensus on details Wednesday night, and next week plans to approve a tentative budget for the May 17 public election.
The lengthy discussions Wednesday also included audience comments regarding district union employees raises and benefits.
Besides the teacher layoff notices to be issued, the proposed $98.7 million spending plan calls for eliminating 17 other teacher jobs through attrition through retirements or resignations. Among other personnel changes, it cuts 30 teacher assistant and aide positions primarily through layoffs; lays off three security employees; eliminates two clerical jobs through attrition; and reduces the hours of 32 custodial employees from 40 to 35. The district has about 900 employees overall, including about 500 teachers, and the current 2010-11 budget is $97.5 million.
The cuts are part of an effort to close a 2011-12 budget gap that had been about $10 million in preliminary stages. Among the factors was an approximately $2.7 million reduction in state aid, plus increases in salaries, benefits and retirement system expenses that were to be about $3.4 million.
District Superintendent Jeffrey P. Simons said of the budget proposal, "I think its the best we can do under a very, very gloomy scenario." The proposed budget would be settled with the help of $6.54 million from the districts fund balance, prompting concerns by Simons and board members about the districts ability to handle likely future state aid cuts and budget crunches; the districts overall fund balance and reserves are in the $14 million range.
The teacher layoffs will involve seven elementary school positions along with one each in social studies, phys ed, art, business and speech, said Simons. Coupled with teacher attrition cuts, the impacts will include larger class sizes and less flexibility for elective courses.
Board President Patricia Riedel, who at the end of the meeting informally asked other members if they would support the proposal, said the tax levy increase was in the 2.99 percent range earlier in the process but was "brought down to a 1.75 percent increase that I hope the public will support."
For a house assessed at $60,000, the average tax bill would rise about $20 per year under the tax increase, said Director of Business and Finance Ann McGowan. Board member Louis Daniello said that for the cost of such an increase, the district budget would be "fiscally responsible" and help maintain programs. He acknowledged "nobody likes paying taxes," but said if an increase is in that range and "keeps it below the painful portion" it could be "well worth it in the long run."
However, Melissa Schrefer of Hamilton Street, who was in the audience, later expressed concerns to the board about ongoing cost increases such as gas, and "a lot of us normal everyday people on fixed incomes." She said "raising our taxes is not the answer," adding "let us go after the unions." She said "everyday people...dont get benefits" such as in the districts union contracts, later asking "how do we contact the unions....Theyre supposed to be working for us."
Simons said he would provide contact information on local and state union representatives. He said the district unsucessfully sought union wage freezes this year, but added that unions agreed a year ago to accept smaller 2010-11 raises than scheduled plus they previously agreed to health insurance changes at significant savings for the district. The district must seek such moves through negotiations and cannot impose them unilaterally, he emphasized.
#7 Apr 17, 2011
What the f**k does firing teachers have to do with hiring cops. I'm not the sharpest but one has nothing to do with the other as far as where the money comes from.
#8 Apr 17, 2011
Juist what the white man needs more storm
troopers to carry out his evil and wicked ways.
How many of the new hire were of color. The
Racist ways of that evil city hall will soon
come home to roost.
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