Thursday, May 05, 2011

What To Do With The Extra $52,000?

    
A few months ago, Greece School Board President, Frank Oberg, announced the Greece Central School District was so desperate to find and hire a new superintendent that the BOE raised the ceiling on the starting salary for that position to $250,000. More recently, the Greece BOE approved a budget for next year. Since a new superintendent hadn't been agreed upon at that time, we must assume that $250,000 was included in the 2011-12 budget to cover a $250,000 starting ~ salary just in case. Now that we know the new Supt. is starting for a mere $198,000, that leaves an extra $52,000 in the 2011-12 budget that can be used on something else.

SCATS suggests that the Greece school board agree to expend that unused $52,000 for capital repairs needed at one or more named Greece schools ASAP. We can then reduce the amount needed to make repairs in the upcoming proposal this Fall by $52,000.
  

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

SCATS, Pussicat, are you completely devoid of knowledge why schools don't make repairs?

Repairs are not State Aidable! Repairs are BAD because they are a District cost.

Far better from a business standpoint is to defer the repair and let the building crumble. Then you can make replacing the crumbling pile part of a capitol improvement project, which is State Aidable up to 90% sometimes.

Translated for GCSD graduates, we make more money by not tightening the screw in the hinge and letting the door fall off. Then we get a new door and room behind it free almost.

NO- we won't discuss Magic School District Accounting here. Just ask how all that State Aid disappears into the budget and why no bond is ever called in a NY School District. Never mind, taxpayers don't need to know that stuff.

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't Greece use all the BOCES refunds to fund future technology, repairs and bus needs by putting the rebates into separate funds for each as the monies are returned? I know, it might be too simple.

Anonymous said...

Chump change, remember.

For now, put that money it into a special reserve fund for future heath care benefits for superintendents who once again hood-wink us into paying lifetime healthcare benefits.

Call that fund "The Board Members Never Read Contracts Contingent Fund".

SCATS said...

To 4:20AM ~~ Yes, I know they think it's "chump change." I also know that if any of them questioned anything in that contract they were told by the legals "it's what it takes to attract a good hire ... standard for a supt. to be competitive." Of course these lawyers say that about EVERYTHING which makes me wonder who the lawyers are really working for.

Anonymous said...

Scats; this is why it is so important to have lawyers who will tell you what you want to hear.

SCATS said...

To 7:16AM ~~ If the lawyers tell them this, then they have NO WORK left to do ;) It makes their job easy.

Anonymous said...

I know my child has enjoyed doing wii yoga in gym class, perhaps we could use some of that money to buy more wii games.

SCATS said...

To 9:39PM ~~ Seriously??? And we cut extra-curriculars? Good grief!

Anonymous said...

What's State Bid price on jocstraps and sportsbras these days, I haven't looked.

I figure GCSD can get alot of both with the money they saved hiring Barbie short of anticipated money, and we all KNOW it's Greece Central Sports District.

Anonymous said...

Ya Know, 52 Large would go a long way toward buying new chairs for the dead asses under the Stupidinetnducne and the Board of dolts.

They could even get chairs with vibrators and heat and built in stereo.

If they ask nice the Stupe of Finance for Hilton might get them a good deal with the office furniture company he used to work for, till he had to leave town suddenly. That's a whole different story from a neighboring District though.

Anonymous said...

If we feel we MUST spend the $52K, then I suggest we invest it n something that will pay a dividend. Let's use it to help purchase HYBRID buses that will save us transportation dollars, now and (hopefully) in the future when we have even fewer miles to drive each day. Or- let's really think big - how about a trial with a few ELECTRIC buses!

Anonymous said...

As long as the new busses are used just for schools of choice. Thats where the miles are.

SCATS said...

To 7:42AM ~~ I don't think $52,000 would come close to the purchase of one bus even.

To 10:53AM ~~ What schools-of-choice? I thought Babs was hired to resolve our problems ;)

Anonymous said...

Speaking of the lovely yellow traffic impediments, did you ever ponder what the price of gasoline & Diesel fuel would be today were it not for all the damn cheese wagons hauling kids from crappy school A to crappy school B so they don't learn squatt?

Greece Central is investing in the future. A GCSD Diploma will assure a kid's future on WELFARE.

The $52,000 should be divided up and given out as bonuses to kids earning a straight A average for the school year. 10 or 11 kids bright enough to bribe teachers would get some decent money.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of the lovely yellow traffic impediments, did you ever ponder what the price of gasoline & Diesel fuel would be today were it not for all the damn cheese wagons hauling kids from crappy school A to crappy school B so they don't learn squatt?

Greece Central is investing in the future. A GCSD Diploma will assure a kid's future on WELFARE.

The $52,000 should be divided up and given out as bonuses to kids earning a straight A average for the school year. 10 or 11 kids bright enough to bribe teachers would get some decent money.

Anonymous said...

$52K won't buy a bus, but we could add it to the bond issue being planned for when the snow birds leave for Florida. Let's at least spend it on something that will pay a benefit.

SCATS said...

To 9:09PM ~~ Buses are the smaller of the items they want a second vote on. There's an immediate need for $170+ million in capital repairs. Since we don't know what the busing needs will be after they tackle (if they tackle) the school choice issue, I think it's more prudent to expend it on repairs at one or two buildings we know won't be closed. It can be applied to diminish the cost of the bond vote for needed repairs then.