Sunday, March 07, 2010

Tuesday BOE Meeting To Focus on Budget

 
BOE must cut $14 million to keep tax increase at 7%

"Unfortunately, I don't see that there's a whole lot else they can do. They're confronted with what's simply a lack of funds. Until we find a better way of funding education, either the students will lose out or taxes will go up." ~~ Gary Elling, co-president PTA Council


SCATS ~~ Gee Gary. How about we try focusing on the basics required for EDUCATING the kids without all of the fluff like schools-of-choice? Oh yeah, I almost forgot! YOUR kids won the lottery ;)
 TO THE BOE:
Instead of making cuts and then letting the angry mobs storm Resident's Forum and twist your arm until you restore their program, why aren't you engaging the community by asking "WHERE SHOULD WE BE MAKING THESE REDUCTIONS?"
  
WHEC-TV reports that NY State may eliminate 13 of 17 Regents Exams to save $$ 

 

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with you SCATS. I think the BOE should start with the Westridge familes and ask them where to cut the money that would have been saved by closing the kindergarten classes there.

Anonymous said...

Hey SCATS, where do you think the district can cut? Aside from the obvious schools of choice. Which are apparently a sacred cow of the BOE?

Anonymous said...

lets hope next year the board will have the common sense to see the enrollment is a laughing joke at West Ridge overall and have the smarts to close the entire school. Those whiny crying parents should come up with the money that could have been saved by closing the school. Perhaps those parents can volunteer to teach the drama classes at the High Schools to save money, they seem to have that skill down to a science.

Anonymous said...

The only way to fix the budget is to address the largest portion. Salaries and benefits. Without concessions from the unions there is no way to come close to a realistic budget number. If 70% of the budget is untouchable, there is not enough left to cut.

Anonymous said...

There are lots of areas that can and should be cut. Do we really need recycling clubs in a k/2 school? There are stipends galore; reduce them. Same with coaching. If the teachers won't make concessions then the board should cut, cut, cut and tell everyone why that is their only option (teachers are being greedy). Bringing the budget under control can be done. It must be done. Consolidate schools and close 3 or 4 of them. With the loss of students it should be fairly simple to accomplish. It takes just one thing: The will to do it.

Anonymous said...

A tax increase of 0% is the only acceptable option.
Until the overpaid are willing to make sacrifices, then the public will not either!

Anonymous said...

So they just found out that forcing all the students to take and pass the regents exams was impossible for most of the students. They are trying to sneak their way out of that ridiculous requirement by saying they are removing something to "save money". Why just this? There are so many other ways to cut down on expenses.
BTW how is that endless high school working for the school districts where many of the students have to stay in school for 5 years to pass and still cannot? What will happen to the mall school? If every students had to stay in school for 5 years that would increase that expense by 25% for each super senior. But they have to feel good about themselves. What will the administrators do? Oh cut out the difficult tests.
And why are we offering tests in other languages and alphabets? How long has that been going on? Do those students get to take the English Language Arts tests in Chinese or Russian? It is possible that those students did the best on all the tests ( and still would in English) but enough is enough.
Maybe we are catering to them to bring up our scores.

SCATS said...

To 12:21PM ~~ They used to "use" the brighter students to bring up district test scores. If an 8th grade pupil was taking Course I, he was still forced to take the district and the state test for 8th grade! And those scores, typically much higher, were just blended into how well we were doing as a district. I almost forgot about those good ole days ... I need to remind Doug Skeet that tactic was used when Greece was in the top third in the county ... Oh Doug ... !

Anonymous said...

FYI kids taking Algebra and Earth Science or Living Env in 8th grade still do have to take the 8th grade tests. What is more absurd is that my sons math teacher spends more time reviewing for the 8th grade test than teaching the Algebra!! Getting rid of the exams will cost us money anyway because we will have to have finals for our kids, copies, etc. We will still pay in the end. It is better to keep them so that all students across the state are on equal footing when applying to colleges. By the way, not all kids can pass the exams so they have been watered down over the last 5 years (some of them).

SCATS said...

To 7:20PM ~~ Absurd is the word. Teaching to the tests is ALL they do in many classrooms. And for that we pay the teachers how much??