Monday, August 20, 2012

Where Is The Funding?


In May, we voted on the Greece Central School District budget for the 2012-13 school year. Part of that budget included the fact that 18 teaching positions had been eliminated.

At last week's school board meeting, we were told that 8 teachers were being recalled to work this fall due to rising enrollments at grades K-5.

WHERE IS THE FUNDING FOR THE $ALARIE$ & BENEFIT$ COMING FROM TO SUPPORT REINSTATING  THESE POSITIONS?
  

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

From one of the numerous reserve accounts . You know how that works .

SCATS said...

To 1:43PM ~~ More smoke & mirrors ... ?

Anonymous said...

The board also did not renew the contract of the Asst.Super of HR. But hes back and in what capacity? I thought we were saving money..

Anonymous said...

I would prefer to call it BUDGET BINGO. The preparation of the budget always has built in surpluses. At the end of the year, any surpluses or unanticipated revenue are handled in one of two ways or a combination of both, on what to do with these monies. They can apply all or part of the surplus to lower the tax levy of the next years budget.
Or , which is more likely, place the surplus in existing reserve accounts.In other words, HIDE IT! Greece, as well as other districts opt to squiril it away. In point of fact and truth, External Auditors hired by the district consistently recommend placement in reserves. Thier advise, once a tax is collected, NEVER give it back. Their rationale, if you do it, the taxpayers will expect a "Refund" of sorts for the foreseeable future.
Grecce Central always placed surpluses in reserves untill the 05-06 BOE mandated that a major portion of the surplus by applied to lower the tax rate for the 06'
Budget year. THEIR reasoning for the reserve policy
WHAT IF THE ROOF BLOWS OFF A BUILDING!!!
Now that I think about it they almost made their point, when APAC almost got blown away due to shoddy work by the General Contractor for the 2000 CIP

Anonymous said...

Outside AUDITORS my ass!

Screwup er I mean Entertainment Districts no longer get visited by NY Audit & Control.

Now they hire some halfwitted accountant who wanders around confirming items on the District Equipment Inventory and call it an audit.

A freekin Chinese 7th grade student could and would do a superior audit.

Anonymous said...

Reserve funds = slush money.

Anonymous said...

12:00 You have no idea what your taking about and YOU are looking more like the three letter word in your comment.
For your information, the district employees two auditors.',an Internal and External auditor. Their responsibility if over sight of Distrct expenditure s. The internal auditor monitors day to day use of district credit cards and vouchers. The other, goes over the district books and various accounts and their management each year
The State comptrollers office will conduct a targeted audit once every five to seven years The next audit for GCSD WILL take place in the next two years.

SCATS said...

To 11:24AM ~~ If by "targeted audit" you mean like the one that generated that scathing written report when Kehoe was Interim Supt. then you are sadly mistaken if you think that will be happening within the next 2 years! I've watched this district closely for 2 decades and that one report was the ONLY ONE EVER DONE! And they had to BEG to get Greece moved up on the list to get that one accomplished. I'll bet my catnip on it ;)

Anonymous said...

Scats I'm sorry you are DEFINATELY wrong on this subject. Back in 02' then Comptroller Hevesi, hired 88 additional State Auditors to concentrate only on school districts around the state. His reason, he began to take seriously the numerous taxpayer complaints about miss use of taxpayer funds by the school district throughout the state. At the time, his goal was to do every district every five years. Your referrence to the last audit was correct. Through a phone call to the Comptroller, Dr Kehoe was told Greece was not scheduled until 08'. Because she had uncovered some irregularities concerning the CIP, She asked for and was granted an earlier date in 07 We all know what resulted from that audit.
Targeted were his words stating that time constraints would not allow for a complete audit which would take over six months. So they would select specific areas of district finances where complaints had been prevalent .
In our case, the CIP given top priority Obviously, we have had two changes in that office, so it might be questionable if the same policy still exists. Time will tell.
Incidently, because of a position I held in 02' I was able to personally interview Hevesi on this topic.

Anonymous said...

While we are picking up this little increase in our school taxes, we can also pick up the almost 25 Million that Comida gave to a senior housing unit to be built on Latta Rd. I guess we never knew how wealthy our town really is! Does Comida have a money printer in their office, or do they just love sticking the residents of Greece with additional taxes??!?!

SCATS said...

To 2:08PM ~~ Excuse me, but you haven't specified WHERE I WAS WRONG! If anything, I think you helped make my point. By your own admission, extra help was hired in '02 to conduct the audits every 5 years, but Greece still had to beg to git 'er done in '07 (5 yrs. later) because we weren't scheduled yet. Now it's 2012 and there are NO signs we're coming up to another audit any time soon despite the fact we never got a COMPLETE AUDIT in '07!

I stick by my words ... in 2+ decades, the "targeted audit" is all that's ever been done.

Anonymous said...

I think I was clear on this point. When the next scheduled audit takes place you and the rest of will have no advance notice. In fact, the District will notified a short time before they show up .
For some reason you keep getting hung up on past practices and display an inordinate amount of skepticism on possible changes that are happening though out the state.
Neither I or I presume you have a cyrstal ball that can see the future. However, I remain more optimistic that another state audit is in our near future.I guess at this point, it's wait and see time.

SCATS said...

To 6:16PM ~~ How could you be clear on that point when you didn't make it until your last comment?

When it comes to local oversight of anything politically connected, I'm not optimistic at all.

Anonymous said...

Reflecting on the initial August 20th SCATS post- The teachers in grade K-5 who were laid off in June were already accounted for in the budget that passed. That is to say, all of their salaries and benefits were part of that budget. So to be concerned about "where the funding" is coming from is not a problem since it was already in the budget to pay for these teachers. And to clarify one more thing, the district has not hired back 8 teachers in grades k-5. They have only hired 1 back. That's all. A simple call to human resources will inform you of that.

Anonymous said...

C'mon, SCATS. You realize by now that the voted budget in only a suggestion..

Anonymous said...

Has everything been on hold in Greece or did the district have a hot line to Babs while she was in Europe for 2 weeks on vacation.Maybe Karen Klien went with her and her rich friends.Did she park her car in her reserved spot so she could pretend to be there and fool the voters. That is one of her scams!!!