Monday, March 08, 2010

BOE Meeting Tuesday @6:30PM

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session  @5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining & the employment history of particular person(s).

Board Committee Reports
Finance Committee
Transportation Committee
Audit Committee
Assets Initiative Committee
MCSBA Committees

Supt's Reports
Supt's Budget Presentation
Approval of Resolution Annual Meeting
EXCEL Project Update

New Business
Review Board Operating Procedures

Second Read Policy 2120 Use of Parliamentary Procedure
Second Read Policy 5663 Food Safety in the Schools


Anonymous said...

Any word on the "proposed budget" yet? I have been checking here for updates. I am curious as to what they are going to do and how it is going to affect all of us as tax payers and our kids' education? Thanks!

SCATS said...

To 10:59PM ~~ The budget is like a huge amoeba, constantly changing shape. What's out one week, ends up back in the next. Tonight I missed about half of the budget discussion. However, I did hear them say that a counselor was reinstated (elementary I believe) and that class sizes will be larger, but more like 25 students/class instead of the proposed 28.

On a positive note, there was mention that $110,000 in stipends had been cut. However, I was utterly disgusted when I heard they are seriously cutting summer school on the same day that NY State reported our graduation rates have tanked again (down to 76%, second worst in the county among suburban districts) and that Olympia HS has a 13% drop-out rate. Our overall drop-out rate is 8%, second highest in the county. Even harder to fathom is the admission they are cutting academics and support programs to retain schools-of-choice, transportation to them, and of course most sports, music, drama & theater programs.

Even now they are talking about a 7.6+% tax rate increase. I think the budget might be a little more solid when it is presented to the community next week at a forum that no one will attend.

Shame on Gale O'Toole for suggesting that BOE members discuss reductions behind the scenes. Shame on her again for telling us some minor cut in a sports program has been proposed but refusing to tell us what is on the table! So much for "transparency" related to this budget.

Anonymous said...

I was disappointed not to be able to make it tonight... have a sick child at home and well, you know! So, maybe I will go to the forum next week, not like one little voice is going to make a difference, but maybe I will feel better getting some of it off of my chest! It is about time changes are made... appropriate changes to truly make budget cuts that will better us in the long run- ie: signature schools out and neighborhood schools in... long-term spending overhaul with cost of transportation,ect. However, increasing classroom sizes is only going to lead to problems in the future and the same with cutting summer school programs... now what? Where will these kids be this summer and what will happen to them? Our drop-out rates will rise once more and everyone on the BOE will question why! They are setting us up to have even bigger problems in the future by not facing what we need to do... it is a simple answer- cut the signature schools and maybe then can we get back within a reasonable (and I use that term loosely) budget for our township.