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#1 Apr 11, 2014
HERKIMER, N.Y.(WKTV)- Herkimer high school is looking at even more teacher cuts, as the district continues to try and close a $250,000 budget gap.

The district is preparing to cut seven teachers from full- to part-time.

The cuts not only include non-academic courses, but baSic subjects, as well, leaving many within the district unhappy with the current state of education.

"We should be saying what's the best possible outcome for our kids and what's the best program for our kids and that's not the environment we're in right now," said Herkimer Superintendent, Robert Miller. "It's how do I Sumake my ends balance? How do I makSubjectse my debits and credits balance? Not what's best for kids"

Included in the potential cuts are positions in Physical Education, Home & Careers, Technology, Guidance Counselor, Librarian, Health and Science.Maybe Mr. Karam Should Look At What Other Districts ARe Doing. If Cuts Are Absolutely Necessary, Then Do What Herkimer Is Doing. Whose jobs are Being Saved By Mr Karam? His Friends And Family Of course
geno

New Paltz, NY

#2 Apr 11, 2014
Typical

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#3 Apr 11, 2014
How is that any different than what was done in Utica. They have eliminated dozens of teachers in the last few years. Are you saying Karam should let teachers go without following union regulations about seniority?
knows

New Paltz, NY

#4 Apr 11, 2014
TheDifference Is That Positions He Decided To Cut Are From Mandated Instruction Areas. Library,Phys. Ed, Art Music, Business, Social Workers,Etc Do Not DirecTly Impact Student Academic Performance Based On How The State Decides If A School Is Meeting Their Educational Performance Goals. I'm Not Saying Those Areas Are Not Important, Just That Other Than Gym, None Of The Others Are Mandated By The State. That District Has Almost 90 Percent Fail The Ela Test Rather Dump Teachers That Are Clearly Needed Rather Than People Who Are Related To Him Or Board members.

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#5 Apr 11, 2014
knows wrote:
TheDifference Is That Positions He Decided To Cut Are From Mandated Instruction Areas. Library,Phys. Ed, Art Music, Business, Social Workers,Etc Do Not DirecTly Impact Student Academic Performance Based On How The State Decides If A School Is Meeting Their Educational Performance Goals. I'm Not Saying Those Areas Are Not Important, Just That Other Than Gym, None Of The Others Are Mandated By The State. That District Has Almost 90 Percent Fail The Ela Test Rather Dump Teachers That Are Clearly Needed Rather Than People Who Are Related To Him Or Board members.
Please, continue... What positions should he cut? Be specific. What relative or board member relative should he have cut? Should he cut them just because they are related? Is that the criteria you want to use?
knows

New Paltz, NY

#6 Apr 11, 2014
Lets See. 4 New business Positions. His Brother Teaches At Proctor. Unmandated. A New Gym Teacher Position. A MAth position. An English Position. A Psychology Position. ThS District Is Cited For Poor Ela Scores.About 85% In Grades 3-8 Failed Nys Ela Test. Yet He Removes More Than Half Of A Reading Department In The Elementary Grades To Fund His High School Projects. SimpLy Put, He Is The Puppetmaster PulliNg The Strings.No One Job Is More important, However, When Things Are Tight, You Have To Take Care Of Mandated Programs First. Business,LiBrary(Elefant),Art, Music, Sports, Are All Important But He could Have cut Here First.

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