Montes Seeks Board of Ed Seat

Apr 4, 2012 Full story: Patch.com 111

West Islip resident Glenn Montes has submitted nomination petitions to run against current Board of Education President Steve Gellar.

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Captain hook

West Islip, NY

#104 Apr 12, 2012
Nah. All bs, Glenn but nice try.
TNT

West Islip, NY

#105 Apr 12, 2012
fyi wrote:
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That is right the teachers union does always come to the table and often attempts to work with the district in good faith. Problem is that the negotiations that are reached only offer a short term relief.There is no long term gain for the district financially.
Other problem is the present BOE focuses on adminstration not education so every time the tax's have gone up and the union has made concessions the present BOE lines the pockets of adminstrators. This is done either through payraises as was the case in 2010 when WITA deffered payraises to 2013 and was also the case in 2011 when WITA agreed to a 6 month pay freeze and 2% health care increase. Our BOE allowed the Superintendent to continue paying 15% health while lower paid teachers voluntarily increased contributions to 17%. The present BOE saw it appropriate to extend the Superintendent's unexpired contract and increase his benifits(and most likely salary as will be seen in June 2012 when those #'s are finally published).The present BOE also felt it appropriate and necessary to maintain all non-represented adminstrators healthcare coverage with no increase and additionally raised their perks and benifits packages.
NON-REPRESENTED Adminstration present no contractual or unionized commitment from the BOE or the community which they are elected to represent yet the present BOE continually and generously supports this group of employees (the highest group of employees) while the teachers sacrafice for education, the community pays tax increases for education and the students have lost program or parts of their education.
This is why the present BOE's senior representation have done an injustice to education and the community of West Islip and this is not a situation which only played out overnight. It goes back to Dr. Blau when K screenings were taken out of the budget so that Dr. Blau's $24,000 pay raise could be put in.It is the reason why when Dr. Blau left the employ of West Islip schools it was with an unused sick day pay rate of $1,100 and these concessions were all made while taxes greatly rose and the district utilized it's reserves to operate. It all occurred as the financial difficulities were beginning to arise.
And anyone who believes that their are not financial difficulties understand that when you start borrowing from the very people you are responsible to pay you have a financial problem. When you are operating at the expense of sacrificing your savings(district reserve funds) you have a problem. Yet the present BOE continued to 'rob peter to pay peter'~not even paul~ and operate business as usual. They ran up 'bond' borrowing ~and are now concerned with refinancing for a lower interest. They obviously by the sports budget presentation utilizing 2008-09 figures vs present day expenses ~have grossly overspent on sports equipement and upgrades that they just don't want you to know about. The invested in IB. And now only by the closure of 2 ES buildings and by the skin of the govenors teeth(through the raise in state aide) are able to pull together a budget under tax cap without again going to WITA or causing further decemination of our students educations.
This is NOT a successful BOE and this is NOT realistacally a successful budget. It is an acceptable budget but it is NOT a basis to accept and re-elect the present BOE members.
I do want to also make it clear that I am NOT presenting any of this in support of Glen Montes for BOE, but I do support a REAL understanding of our present BOE and the CHANGE that is NEEDED.
fyi, aka WI4life, wise ol owl, YOU ARE AWESOME! I feel like you were once a boe member. You are very knowledeable, like the one who didn't "kowtow" to the "senior representation". Regardless, keep on dissecting to get to the truth!

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#106 Apr 12, 2012
fyi wrote:
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That is right the teachers union does always come to the table and often attempts to work with the district in good faith. Problem is that the negotiations that are reached only offer a short term relief.There is no long term gain for the district financially.
Other problem is the present BOE focuses on adminstration not education so every time the tax's have gone up and the union has made concessions the present BOE lines the pockets of adminstrators. This is done either through payraises as was the case in 2010 when WITA deffered payraises to 2013 and was also the case in 2011 when WITA agreed to a 6 month pay freeze and 2% health care increase. Our BOE allowed the Superintendent to continue paying 15% health while lower paid teachers voluntarily increased contributions to 17%. The present BOE saw it appropriate to extend the Superintendent's unexpired contract and increase his benifits(and most likely salary as will be seen in June 2012 when those #'s are finally published).The present BOE also felt it appropriate and necessary to maintain all non-represented adminstrators healthcare coverage with no increase and additionally raised their perks and benifits packages.
NON-REPRESENTED Adminstration present no contractual or unionized commitment from the BOE or the community which they are elected to represent yet the present BOE continually and generously supports this group of employees (the highest group of employees) while the teachers sacrafice for education, the community pays tax increases for education and the students have lost program or parts of their education.
This is why the present BOE's senior representation have done an injustice to education and the community of West Islip and this is not a situation which only played out overnight. It goes back to Dr. Blau when K screenings were taken out of the budget so that Dr. Blau's $24,000 pay raise could be put in.It is the reason why when Dr. Blau left the employ of West Islip schools it was with an unused sick day pay rate of $1,100 and these concessions were all made while taxes greatly rose and the district utilized it's reserves to operate. It all occurred as the financial difficulities were beginning to arise.
And anyone who believes that their are not financial difficulties understand that when you start borrowing from the very people you are responsible to pay you have a financial problem. When you are operating at the expense of sacrificing your savings(district reserve funds) you have a problem. Yet the present BOE continued to 'rob peter to pay peter'~not even paul~ and operate business as usual. They ran up 'bond' borrowing ~and are now concerned with refinancing for a lower interest. They obviously by the sports budget presentation utilizing 2008-09 figures vs present day expenses ~have grossly overspent on sports equipement and upgrades that they just don't want you to know about. The invested in IB. And now only by the closure of 2 ES buildings and by the skin of the govenors teeth(through the raise in state aide) are able to pull together a budget under tax cap without again going to WITA or causing further decemination of our students educations.
This is NOT a successful BOE and this is NOT realistacally a successful budget. It is an acceptable budget but it is NOT a basis to accept and re-elect the present BOE members.
I do want to also make it clear that I am NOT presenting any of this in support of Glen Montes for BOE, but I do support a REAL understanding of our present BOE and the CHANGE that is NEEDED.

I THINK I'M IN LOVE ! KEEP THE TRUTH ABOUT THE BOE COMING !
Just Me

West Islip, NY

#107 Apr 12, 2012
Someone on here posted that there will be 2 candidates for BOE. Have only heard from Glenn so far. Did the other put in bid yet?
Jessica

Brentwood, NY

#108 Apr 12, 2012
Plagiarism wrote:
Actually everything he writes is plagiarism. Google some of his "statements" and you will get tea party policy that has been lifted from someone else. His politics are front and center, and I'm not sure someone with an obvious political agenda should be on the school board.
Taxpayers? The governor already took care of the taxpayer by putting in a tax cap. The question for mr minutes is how will he preserve current programs while staying within the cap?
Hahahahahahahahaaaaa!!!!!!!!!! I'm laughing so hard I can barely type.

You aren't sure someone with an obvious political agenda should be on the school board???

Who is on the school board now? THEY'RE ALL POLITICIANS! You're not getting anyone to run for that office who isn't a politician.
Jessica

Brentwood, NY

#109 Apr 12, 2012
Parents United wrote:
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The people who have the biggest problem with Montes running are the people who DARED anyone to step forward to run against Geller.
Now that someone has stepped forward, the bullies will blog/spew/lie/rant 24hrs a day 7 days a week to try to smear Montes's name. If they really thought Montes was no threat in May, those aliases wouldn't be working so hard to try to discredit him now would they?
110% right! Spot on! Stop whining - you were all begging for someone to step up if we didn't like the job the current board was doing. WELL HERE HE IS. Have fun tearing him down, since you don't know how to do anything else. Unfortunately for you, I'm sure he can take it, so enjoy wasting your energy with your petty and childish behavior.
Jessica

Brentwood, NY

#110 Apr 12, 2012
Lion Town wrote:
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I've had similar conversations, and could not agree with you more. People who have been through it seem to understand the importance of extracurricular, and the benefits of having two middle schools.
It's great to hear that many of us are on the same page, after reading the same negative comments over and over, from Rich,Wendy,Cathy, Donna,Irene,Jessica and their multiple aliases, you just start to feel sorry for them.
I will be supporting the Budget and the incumbents running for BOE.
First of all, I have no aliases. I tell you what I think and am not afraid to. I don't need to hide behind some stupid fake name (like you do "Lion Town", or is that your real name?)

Next, no one is discounting the benefit of after school activities and sports. God knows sports have helped my daughter. As I've stated repeatedly before, MY KIDS PLAY EVERY SINGLE SPORT THERE IS. Baseball, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, football, swimming, YOU NAME IT THEY ARE IN IT. And guess what? I PAY FOR IT. Because I know how important it is.

I think the point you are missing is that when we don't have the money, you have to cut the things that are not essential to education. ACADEMICS is the first priority. Everything else is a BONUS. AGAIN, it isn't as if these programs aren't available, they are just not available on the tax payer's dime.

And please stop with the "benefits" of having 2 middle schools. There are no benefits. There are no towns that have the number of students that we have and have 2 middle schools. In fact, surrounding towns with larger student populations than we have have only one middle school. The only benefit that I can see is keeping class sizes down. There is no other benefit. And why you would choose to keep class size down in the MS and throw the ES kids under the bus is beyond me. Last I checked, the younger the children, the smaller the student to teacher ratio. There is not one benefit to having 2 middle schools that makes any semblance of sense, so really, just give up that ridiculous argument right now. It is completely ludicrous.
Rich of WI

West Islip, NY

#111 Apr 12, 2012
Jessica wrote:
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First of all, I have no aliases. I tell you what I think and am not afraid to. I don't need to hide behind some stupid fake name (like you do "Lion Town", or is that your real name?)
Next, no one is discounting the benefit of after school activities and sports. God knows sports have helped my daughter. As I've stated repeatedly before, MY KIDS PLAY EVERY SINGLE SPORT THERE IS. Baseball, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, football, swimming, YOU NAME IT THEY ARE IN IT. And guess what? I PAY FOR IT. Because I know how important it is.
I think the point you are missing is that when we don't have the money, you have to cut the things that are not essential to education. ACADEMICS is the first priority. Everything else is a BONUS. AGAIN, it isn't as if these programs aren't available, they are just not available on the tax payer's dime.
And please stop with the "benefits" of having 2 middle schools. There are no benefits. There are no towns that have the number of students that we have and have 2 middle schools. In fact, surrounding towns with larger student populations than we have have only one middle school. The only benefit that I can see is keeping class sizes down. There is no other benefit. And why you would choose to keep class size down in the MS and throw the ES kids under the bus is beyond me. Last I checked, the younger the children, the smaller the student to teacher ratio. There is not one benefit to having 2 middle schools that makes any semblance of sense, so really, just give up that ridiculous argument right now. It is completely ludicrous.
Finally someone gets it. Sports are important but not at the expense of academics and education. And small class size is also important but it is much more crucial to ES children who are just starting out in school than for a MS student. Redistricting children and students to a new school is always tough and scarey but it's a lot scarier if you are age 6 than if you are age 12. Unfortunately if you don't get this, you probably never will. Unfortunately for our children, for the very first time living in West Islip, I will vote NO for the school budget. I can't in conscious support a budget that cuts the heart from our Elementary School program and at the same time gives a complete pass to our Administrators and our Sports programs.
Lion Town

New York, NY

#112 Apr 12, 2012
That's not what Jack Latch says, and I think he's running for BOE
Together

West Islip, NY

#113 Apr 23, 2012
Rich of WI wrote:
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Finally someone gets it. Sports are important but not at the expense of academics and education. And small class size is also important but it is much more crucial to ES children who are just starting out in school than for a MS student. Redistricting children and students to a new school is always tough and scarey but it's a lot scarier if you are age 6 than if you are age 12. Unfortunately if you don't get this, you probably never will. Unfortunately for our children, for the very first time living in West Islip, I will vote NO for the school budget. I can't in conscious support a budget that cuts the heart from our Elementary School program and at the same time gives a complete pass to our Administrators and our Sports programs.
I am going to continue to follow the leadership of our PTA President and try to bring our town together during this difficult time.
Sima

West Islip, NY

#114 Apr 24, 2012
Together wrote:
<quoted text>I am going to continue to follow the leadership of our PTA President and try to bring our town together during this difficult time.
Oh, please enlighten us all on how the "leadership of the PTA" is going to bring to bring our town together! The "leadership of the PTA" blindly going along with the boe's charade is one of the reasons we're in this mess!

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