Simsbury School Board OKs $60.9 Milli...

Simsbury School Board OKs $60.9 Million Budget Plan

There are 27 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Feb 24, 2009, titled Simsbury School Board OKs $60.9 Million Budget Plan. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

The plan for 2009-10 requires a $753,869, or 1.25 percent, bump over current spending - the cap that the board of finance set for schools last month and a significantly lower figure than Superintendent Diane ...

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yalley man

Windsor, CT

#1 Feb 25, 2009
take off 1.25 percent more. zero increase remember? Dont say it cant be done. It can be done +must be done .

It would be totally unfair to other town depts for the BOE to approve any increase. law inforcement-infrastructure social services all would have to cut more because the BOE didnt cut enough. In this year during these times It should be zero increase across the board.
resident reader

Windsor, CT

#2 Feb 25, 2009
I agree with almost all" yalley man" says except that to be fair some budgets may need more and others will have to cut more.

This financial crisis justifys a increase in the social services. because Im sure that more of our citizens will need some help.
I dont want our fire and police to have to cut more. I believe the school budget can cut to less than zero increase.
poster

Windsor, CT

#3 Feb 25, 2009
Have Diane Ullman give up some of her 186,000.00 a year pay check. 100.00 to park and now more for Play for pay! They are short volunteers for the High School Programs.(PTO). It's no wonder people cannot volunteer they need to WORK to pay for these fees. No one can give up thier time because we all need the money.
Enuff

Plainville, CT

#4 Feb 25, 2009
The BOE in Farmington should undercut this 1.25 % increase proposal and live with a flat - that means zero or no increase. The continuing whine for bigger budgets has to stop. - if that means cutting some of the unnecessaries as Simsbury is doing so be it. Take a look. Enuff is enough.
Former Teacher

Marlborough, CT

#5 Feb 25, 2009
As a former teacher in Simsbury I can tell you that Simsbury teachers and administrators are over paid. Relative to other individuals and occupations, they pay very little towards the cost of medical and dental insurance. Many have become less focused and do not have the same passion we had years ago. The Board of Education could and should find a way not to have any increase in spending.
Mike J

Guilford, CT

#6 Feb 25, 2009
Do Sismbury town officials like Mary Glassman use their own vehicles or do they get to drive town-funded cars? If it's the latter, they should turn over the keys. Does anybody know?
Former Teacher

Marlborough, CT

#7 Feb 25, 2009
poster wrote:
Have Diane Ullman give up some of her 186,000.00 a year pay check. 100.00 to park and now more for Play for pay! They are short volunteers for the High School Programs.(PTO). It's no wonder people cannot volunteer they need to WORK to pay for these fees. No one can give up thier time because we all need the money.
Ask the question, is the Board of Education and the Simsbury students, based on overall performance, better off now compared to when the current Superintendent took over or before. The answer, Simsbury has become less competitive and has increased spending. Time for change.
Frank Marschino

Pittsburg, CA

#8 Feb 25, 2009
Doesn't anyone get it? Public eduation is a collossal failure. I went to public school, and I can't even spell colossal! Vouchers are the only answer, to bring merit pay and quality teaching back to the classroom.
GrayPlayer

Granby, CT

#9 Feb 25, 2009
"This financial crisis justifys a increase in the social services. because Im sure that more of our citizens will need some help."

I'm leaving the pronunciation and spelling errors in to make a point.

The annual income for the town of Simsbury is over one hundred fifteen thousand dollars. The proposed budget is 60.9 million, YET, with all this money, citizens can't spell or "right reel well!"

I graduated from Simsbury High when the educational budget was a lot less. "Shop" consisted of a hammer, saw and very little else, BUT, at least we could read and write PERIOD
Simsburyite

Meriden, CT

#10 Feb 25, 2009
My Question,, did Ullman take a cut in her unreal salary? Why are we paying someone who took over a numbr one school district that is NOW number 8?.. Come on Bd of Ed. get rid of her now for less.. money and someone who will do the right thing to kee simsbury at the top.. Rehire Townsely...
Veritas

East Orange, NJ

#11 Feb 25, 2009
I have no idea why this school district is so highly regarded.

My daughter has been attending Simsbury schools for ten years, and even in AP English (making As and Bs), she cannot spell or construct a decent paragraph. Years ago when I discussed her spelling problems at a P/T conference, I asked her teacher why she failed to mark the misspelled words on her papers. Her response to me was, "They have SpellCheck now".

They don't need Smartboards in every classroom. They need to teach the basics.
poster

Windsor, CT

#12 Feb 25, 2009
Simsburyite wrote:
My Question,, did Ullman take a cut in her unreal salary? Why are we paying someone who took over a numbr one school district that is NOW number 8?.. Come on Bd of Ed. get rid of her now for less.. money and someone who will do the right thing to kee simsbury at the top.. Rehire Townsely...
Exactly, My post states the same thing. Can we forward this to Ullman herself. Get rid of her!!!!!
Phew

Simsbury, CT

#13 Feb 25, 2009
Without a contract and kids that want to play sports we would be making minimum wage. Thank god for the support that the town gives us.
Police in Simsbury

Simsbury, CT

#14 Feb 25, 2009
resident reader wrote:
I agree with almost all" yalley man" says except that to be fair some budgets may need more and others will have to cut more.
This financial crisis justifys a increase in the social services. because Im sure that more of our citizens will need some help.
I dont want our fire and police to have to cut more. I believe the school budget can cut to less than zero increase.
Maybe the police could take a paycut. They have a starting salary of 53,000 a year. For what? What crime is there in Simsbury. Its the people that keep the town naturally safe, not the police.
Ifuonlyknew

Rolling Prairie, IN

#15 Feb 25, 2009
It is hard to imagine cuts to those who need support the most -special education. 15 employees will be affected but how many students will this hurt now and in the long run? Particularly those under 5yrs old? I'm glad I live in a town that chooses to support students in special education vs the others that decide to cut services to our children trying to overcome learning challenges such as Simsbury. Society and our schools need to rethink the priorities...our children come first. Let's prove it to them.
resident reader

Windsor, CT

#16 Feb 26, 2009
Hey MR Grey player dont be so picky about spelling and punctuation. English is not my first language, it is my third, I had to learn English as an adult.

English can be confusing as the phonectics can be missleading. By the way when you took "SHOP" in high school that had little more than hammers I was taking algebra.
No Pay Cuts

Simsbury, CT

#17 Feb 27, 2009
There will be no pay cuts for anyone. Simsbury Teachers insist on getting their 5 percent raise this year.
Teachers struggle too

United States

#18 Feb 28, 2009
No Pay Cuts wrote:
There will be no pay cuts for anyone. Simsbury Teachers insist on getting their 5 percent raise this year.
A teacher with five years of experience has a salary of about $45,000. Last time I checked, a 5% increase (if the contractually negotiated raise is actually that high) on that salary would still make it less than half the median income in Simsbury.

Many teachers' families struggled during the "good" times. Teachers have to pay bills just like everyone else.
BobP

West Simsbury, CT

#19 Feb 28, 2009
Looks like only the rich kids in town will be able to play sports next year...so why does Simsbury need to keep paying millions for land to build soccer fields????

I've never read about a teacher's union who either agreed to a wage freeze or a reduction in pay.
Thats it

Greenville, GA

#20 Mar 4, 2009
Zero increase. That was my pay raise this year. Simsbury's BOE should look at the real world. Visit China and see 30 to 50 kids are in a class with few computers, yet they turn out some of the smartest people on earth. They work calculus problems with paper and pencil, American kids can't add a column of numbers without Excel. Special Ed is bankrupting all towns. Simsbury's Cadillac special Ed programs also need to be to be cut.

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