West Islip school budget

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Glenn A M

West Babylon, NY

#1 Mar 14, 2008
Just read about the proposed West Islip school budget. They are looking for a 9.17% increase in our taxes to pay for things such as a new administrative assistant for the Superintendent,(Do we really need another salary?), a fully funded robotics club (isn't that a "nice to have" rather than a "need to have"), school sponsored college visits (isn't that the parents responsibility, not the tax-payers?), another receptionist (another salary?), geography clubs for the elementary schools (another nice to have), and on and on and on.....
When is enough going to be enough for the people in this town?
Didn't we educate our children good enough with this years budget? Why do we need to increase it so much?
Why does the contingency budget have to be over 7%? Can't it just be a Cost of living adjustment?
Pretty soon many of us may have to move because of this school tax burden!
Take a look at the budget ( http://www.wi.k12.ny.us/budget/pdf/Public%20I... ) for yourself and try not to throw up.
The most disturcing thing I see is that salaries and benefits for school district employees account for almost 76% of the budget!!!!
Would the superintendent who makes well over $200K agree to a salary freeze? Would the other administrators?
WAKE UP WEST ISLIP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
Concerned

West Islip, NY

#2 Mar 15, 2008
I don't understand why the proposed budget is for 4.46% but the tax increase is for 9.17. What makes the difference?
Glenn A M

Lindenhurst, NY

#3 Mar 15, 2008
I believe thats a 4.46% increase over last years budget which amounts to a tax increase of over 9%.
For the children

Stanfordville, NY

#4 Mar 15, 2008
An educated West Islip resident would attend a public budget planning session and truly understand the budget, what it entails and how it would affect the schools and citizens of West Islip prior to making snap judgements of only a monetary concern. If you are not sure, ask questions and then form an opinion.
Glenn A M

Lindenhurst, NY

#5 Mar 17, 2008
I don't think that years of living in a town, going to budget meetings, and paying exorbinant taxes to fund unnecessary jobs/ programs/ perks, would constitute making a "snap" judgement. Besides, someone who lives in Bayshore has no right commenting on West Islip taxes.
For the children

Stanfordville, NY

#6 Mar 19, 2008
You're right, as you have "years of living in a town", however, you are still unaware that a Bayshore address can attend West Islip schools and pay their taxes? Have you been to one budget meeting? Probably not, since the information was just posted. Those "unnecessary jobs and programs" are the ones keeping your children up to date and competitive in today's educational market. And as far as perks, there are none (except having the opportunity to meet lovely parents like you).
Concerned in WI

Lindenhurst, NY

#7 Mar 19, 2008
Fully funded college trips are necessary to keep my children up to date? Boys volleyball coaches in every building? I didn't know volleyball was necessary to keep my kids "up to date", More clubs? How many more? New receptionist for the guidance department? That work can't be done by someone else? Fully funded robotics program? How many kids are in that program? New Assistant for the Superintendent? Is that really necessary?$70 million in employee salaries and benefits? Are you kidding me?
When is enough enough?
LIer

Babylon, NY

#8 Mar 30, 2008
Another guidance secretary????? When is this crap going to end? When I graduated in 2006 there were at least half a dozen secretaries in the HS guidance office plus at least half a dozen more across the hall in the main office, how many more could they possibly need?

We should abolish the local school districts and create township level school districts ex. Town of Islip Public Schools.
Time for change

Wingdale, NY

#9 Apr 9, 2008
LIer wrote:
Another guidance secretary????? When is this crap going to end? When I graduated in 2006 there were at least half a dozen secretaries in the HS guidance office plus at least half a dozen more across the hall in the main office, how many more could they possibly need?
We should abolish the local school districts and create township level school districts ex. Town of Islip Public Schools.
First I applaud you because you are a recent graduate...2006? Second because you have obviously been reading what has been happening lately in the school districts across long island.
Islip Town is not the place to start...they are all in bed with the districts on every level...
The place to begin is revamping the whole system.
School districts are governments...they have loads of power and many of these big salaries suckers don't do their jobs properly or adequately. They don't even know the education law!!
School board trustee's need to be paid and thereby held to accountability, voted in and held to term limits.
Two year terms for each position and paid by the state like regular elected officials.
If these knuckleheads in office don't perform for the people, they get the boot...plain and simple.
If tax payers want accountability...it's term limits...term limits...term limits..this applies to Principles...superintendents.. .(all administrative jobs)
Also one more thing...fire the education lawyers who waste tax payer money doing the wrong thing...tell them to go chase ambulances instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars erroneously!!
Take back the schools and keep these people honest with our money!!!
jesse

Flushing, NY

#10 Apr 9, 2008
Does anyone know where I can find a copy of the WI teachers contract?
KLE

Hoboken, NJ

#11 Sep 11, 2008
Does anyone know where I can obtain a copy of the budget? I tried following the link above but was denied access. I can't find any link on the West Islip web page.
KLE

Hoboken, NJ

#12 Sep 11, 2008
I don't know why the forum is showing me as Brentwood - I live in West Islip
chryssee

Saint James, NY

#13 Oct 18, 2009
For the children wrote:
You're right, as you have "years of living in a town", however, you are still unaware that a Bayshore address can attend West Islip schools and pay their taxes? Have you been to one budget meeting? Probably not, since the information was just posted. Those "unnecessary jobs and programs" are the ones keeping your children up to date and competitive in today's educational market. And as far as perks, there are none (except having the opportunity to meet lovely parents like you).
are you saying if you live in bay shore and send your kids to bay shore you can switch them to west islip?
mad

West Babylon, NY

#14 Mar 22, 2010
KLE wrote:
Does anyone know where I can obtain a copy of the budget? I tried following the link above but was denied access. I can't find any link on the West Islip web page.
. i need a copy too
Problem is Larosa n Bloom

Sag Harbor, NY

#15 May 1, 2010
The biggest problem with our school budget lies with the school board. So let us start by ridding the board of the two people we need out, Annmarie Larosa and Eliot Bloom.

Vote for Robert Maresca!

Vote for Glenn Sloat!

The honest change we need in West Islip!
New WI School Board

Silver Spring, MD

#16 May 2, 2010
Problem is Larosa n Bloom wrote:
The biggest problem with our school budget lies with the school board. So let us start by ridding the board of the two people we need out, Annmarie Larosa and Eliot Bloom.
Vote for Robert Maresca!
Vote for Glenn Sloat!
The honest change we need in West Islip!
I agree, if LaRosa and Bloom stay on our West Islip School Board our school taxes will go through the roof. They already wasted our money and on what, duplicative administrative jobs to get their friends in and retirement packages that are absurd. They are a joke. What is next, they get Jim Alcus a job with his wife? Hasn't he already benefitted enough from the West Islip community?
Reality

Lindenhurst, NY

#17 May 2, 2010
The reality is that many families are struggling. Many people are unemployed, this is a really tough economy right now. I for one am a health care professional who does not have health insurance coverage for my family. It is not included in my package, nor do I receive ANY benefits package. I would love to have insurance, however, we cannot afford it. Any tax increase at this time for some, is a lot to ask. I have not received a pay increase in 3 years. Employers are having a difficult time meeting expenses as well. I feel blessed to even have a job. I find it slightly distasteful to be expected or even asked to pay more for any services at this juncture, especially when so many of us are tightening our belts. Some of us in this community live paycheck to paycheck. We work hard too & make do with less. Perhaps being a little less greedy & sharpening those pencils to come in UNDER budget would behoove those that are asking us to shell out more. Our bills are soaring upwards as well, but our salaries are not reflecting that! Stop this ridiculous nonsense about increasing taxes & give us a break!
Problem is Larosa n Bloom

Sag Harbor, NY

#18 May 2, 2010
Reality wrote:
The reality is that many families are struggling. Many people are unemployed, this is a really tough economy right now. I for one am a health care professional who does not have health insurance coverage for my family. It is not included in my package, nor do I receive ANY benefits package. I would love to have insurance, however, we cannot afford it. Any tax increase at this time for some, is a lot to ask. I have not received a pay increase in 3 years. Employers are having a difficult time meeting expenses as well. I feel blessed to even have a job. I find it slightly distasteful to be expected or even asked to pay more for any services at this juncture, especially when so many of us are tightening our belts. Some of us in this community live paycheck to paycheck. We work hard too & make do with less. Perhaps being a little less greedy & sharpening those pencils to come in UNDER budget would behoove those that are asking us to shell out more. Our bills are soaring upwards as well, but our salaries are not reflecting that! Stop this ridiculous nonsense about increasing taxes & give us a break!
I know what you're saying. We need to start by changing this school board.
From a different forum

Sag Harbor, NY

#19 May 3, 2010
This is written on a different forum, but it makes sense that it is on this forum as well:

So who is Scott Brady? From what I found out, Scott Brady is only in the WI school board election in order to keep Eliot Bloom on the board. That's right, they figure anyone who does not want Bloom on the board anymore, who are many, will vote for the other guy. But with Brady also on the ticket, he can split the votes with Glenn Sloat. Hence, Eliot Bloom stays on the board, something like 40-30-30 for Bloom. Just more sleazy scams by the Larosa/Bloom/Alcus/Gellar association.

Maybe Larosa should have been smart enough to take the Brady's off of her Facebook.

VOTE FOR GLENN SLOAT ON MAY 18th FOR WI SCHOOL BOARD AND HELP PUT AN END TO THE SCAMS.
Iggy

Brooklyn, NY

#20 May 3, 2010
From a different forum wrote:
This is written on a different forum, but it makes sense that it is on this forum as well:
So who is Scott Brady? From what I found out, Scott Brady is only in the WI school board election in order to keep Eliot Bloom on the board. That's right, they figure anyone who does not want Bloom on the board anymore, who are many, will vote for the other guy. But with Brady also on the ticket, he can split the votes with Glenn Sloat. Hence, Eliot Bloom stays on the board, something like 40-30-30 for Bloom. Just more sleazy scams by the Larosa/Bloom/Alcus/Gellar association.
Maybe Larosa should have been smart enough to take the Brady's off of her Facebook.
VOTE FOR GLENN SLOAT ON MAY 18th FOR WI SCHOOL BOARD AND HELP PUT AN END TO THE SCAMS.
Another attempted scam by the same people over and over. We all need to vote for Glen Sloat. Bloom cant' get away with this.

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