Second Draft School Budget Eliminates...

Second Draft School Budget Eliminates 36 Teaching Positions

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Superintendent proposes additional cuts, including JV sports, in an effort to reduce tax rate increase.

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Mr Kotter

Farmingville, NY

#1 Mar 18, 2011
Revised budget fails on the following:

1) The revised budget is far from what needs to be done. A one or two percent decrease to the tax increase ain't gonna cut it.

2) Increasing the employees 15% health insurance contribution and the 10% dental contribution must be put back on the table. Otherwise this budget will be unfair and unequitable to the taxpayer. This is an area that people all over the nation have had to pay significantly more into or have lost altogether so how is it fair that they don't have the same employer cuts that this whole nation has had to endure?

3) A salary freeze must be implemented. And not one that will be paid back later. The union must concede on this or they will face enormous backlash. When you look at the freezes everywhere else in our country you can only ask yourself how can one not be implemented in our schools.

4) The IB program needs to be removed. Tens of thousands of dollars being spent on 17 students. Meanwhile Special Education is being cut down! Does this make any logical sense??? We can't just say "ahh it don't cost much and won't really help our budget to eliminate" when things like Special Ed are being cut and class sizes are increasing. That kind of thinking adds up, and next thing you know you are loaded with paying for unneccessary programs that are for a very small percentage of people.

The budget as it stands is a major inequity and burden on our community! Much more work needs to be done so Mr. Simon it is time to earn that $215,000 salary with lucrative benefits!

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