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Question: Trimming The School Budget

What programs would you cut?

School boards and administrators are working on next year’s school budgets and by most accounts, things are looking tight.

The and voter frustration with increasing costs are creating close scrutiny of budgets. The has their first budget workshop this Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the .

Preliminary discussions at previous meetings have revealed that the district will stay within the cap

If you were a member of the school board, what program or cost would you cut? Tell us in the comments.

Tanii C. March 16, 2012 at 05:05 PM
You have gone above and beyond today especially for a volunteer job. And thank you, you'be given me more to mull over.
Amanda Fiscina March 16, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Let's make sure to keep all comments respectful. Thanks Shari for all the information you provided. I met with the Superintendent for Business this morning and there will be a full article about the 2012-2013 budget on the site on Monday. -Amanda (Editor)
Jeffrey Lee March 16, 2012 at 07:52 PM
You go girl......make them face the music !
Jeffrey Lee March 16, 2012 at 08:12 PM
The phrase "a glutton for punishment" applies for every Board of Education member in every district.
Arch Stanton March 19, 2012 at 09:37 PM
If you are curious as to what those who work in the school district make, check out: http://seethroughny.net/payrolls/schools/ and search using Last Name, First Name. It may blow your mind.
taxpayer April 04, 2012 at 06:34 PM
lets get rid of the fine arts program my kid need to take chrous in school for a full year for paden 150,000 and tucker 101,000 to teach them to lalalalala... what joke you want to offer a theater class ok i welcome that but to make kids take chrous what a job hey Mrs tucker....remember when the kids go on a job interview i am shore the person will ask them hey what did you sing in 9th grade.. because that will determine if you get a job or not..
Jeffrey Lee April 04, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Interesting so I imagine you compared the salaries and operating budget of the Fine Arts Departments vs. the Athletic Department. Let me pose this question for you how many students in the Athletic Program obtain college scholarships compared to the Fine Arts Program? In essence I am paying for a select few families children to obtain discounts on their college tuition? Allow me to make you face the music. If you made the argument that the programs should be "Pay to Play" then you would be making a intelligent argument instead of mocking the Fine Arts program. Extensive studies have shown that the Fine Arts students are commonly a higher level of intellect then compared to the stereotypical "Jock" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaDea5spQTc
taxpayer April 04, 2012 at 06:59 PM
HEY SHARI .... HOW ABOUT THIS NO RAISES DO YOU SEE THE MONEY THIS PEOPLE ARE MAKING FOR THE LITTLE TIME THEY WORK.... SO STOP THE BULL OK... WHY DONT YOU GO THIS ASK ALL THE TEACHERS IF THEY WILL COACH AND DO ALL THE EXTRA SCHOOL ACTIVITES AFTER HOURS FOR FREE I BET YOU.. NOT ONE WILL OFFER THEIR SERVICES FOR THE KIDS,,,, RMEMBER THE KIDS THAT'S WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR ....THE STEP INCREASES ARE AUTOMATIC ITS THE LAW SHALL I GIVE YOU A COPY....DONE IN THE EARLY 70S..... AND BY THE WAY WHAT ABOUT THE TEACHERS WHO RETIRE AND WORK AS SUBS IN OUR SCHOOLS TALK ABOUT YOUR DOUBLE DIP.... WHY DONT YOU NAME THOSE TEACHERS.....ITS A REAL SHAME 20 YEARS FROM NOW WE WILL HAVE NOBODY LIVING HERE BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU DEFENDING TEACHERS AND BUDGETS WHY DONT WE GET OUR LOCAL LEADERS IN AND ASK THEM WHY THEY WONT TURN OVER LAW FOR STEP INCREASES... ILOVE WHEN WE SEE TEACHERS SAY HEY WILL TAKE ZERO'S BUT HEY WE GET A STEP FOR 3%... GOTTA LOVE IT GREAT JOB
taxpayer April 04, 2012 at 07:03 PM
AND ROSEMARIE YOU HAVE NO CLUE..... YOU MUST BE A TEACHER TO YOU ARE A JOKE.....STOP DEFENDING..... LOOK AT THE NUMBERS TEACHERS ARE MAKING TO MUCH MONEY.... AGAIN YOU WANT TO OFFER A THEATER CLASS FOR KIDS WHO WANT TO BE AN ACTOR FINE BUT CALLING KIDS SINGING IN A CHORUS FINE ARTS WHAT A JOKE.....
Jeffrey Lee April 04, 2012 at 07:07 PM
@ taxpayer your caps lock button is stuck it is the one on the left !
taxpayer April 04, 2012 at 07:07 PM
SHARI THE NEXT TIME YOU WANT TO NEGOTIATE A CONTRACT ASK THE TEACHERS TO START PAYING MORE FOR THE HEALTH INSURANCE (BENEFITS) THATS THE NUMBER THAT IS COSTING US 38M A YEAR....
taxpayer April 04, 2012 at 07:11 PM
thanks Little Jeffrey
taxpayer April 04, 2012 at 07:13 PM
really I guess you dont read patch and saw that the swim team had and over all grade point average of 99 this year..
taxpayer April 04, 2012 at 07:16 PM
hey get rid of the sports to....I don't see any coach saying hey let me do it for free because the taypayers dont have the money.....they say hey pay me 5,000 extra for hanging out and doing nothing...
Jeffrey Lee April 04, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Which word didn't you understand when I wrote "stereotypical jock"? And I wonder how many of those high scorers play a musical instrument? Compare the salaries and operating budget I dare you.
taxpayer April 04, 2012 at 07:19 PM
let me pose this question to you...Jeffrey.... do you thing that our fine arts teachers should be making 102,000 a year to teach 4 periods of chorus and padden making 150,000 a year...
Jeffrey Lee April 04, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I have no comment on the salaries although I see your caps button is unstuck and my name is Jeffery Lee get it right ! Although you can make the same argument for a elementary school gym teacher. "Pay to Play" make that your mantra.
Jeffrey Lee April 04, 2012 at 07:35 PM
How did you know I was vertically challenged? At least that is what the coach told me when I tried out for the basketball team.... "I was thinking about trying out for a scholarship."
taxpayer April 04, 2012 at 07:41 PM
and the reason do you dont see parents standing up and complaining....BECAUSE OF BACK LASH AGAINST THAT PERSONS KID....... TALKING TO A PAST BOARD MEMBER SHE SAID THAT THE UNION SENT OVER EVERY MORNING ABOUT 5 TEACHERS IN FRONT OF HER HOUSE WITH SIGNS AND WALKED AROUND FOR TWO HOURS....GOTTA LOVE THE UNION OOPS THE UNION FREE UNION FOR TEACHERS OF FARMINGDALE WHAT A JOKE... SO JUMP ON BOARD AND STOP GOING AFTER ME AND GO AFTER THE PEOPLE WHO ARE COSTING YOU A TON OF MONEY... EACH YEAR
taxpayer April 04, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I agree Mr Foley makes 110,000 a year in Albany Ave schools and I pay him to take the kids off the bus everyday... what a guy.... Little Jeffrey...... Like I said 20 years from now nobdy will live here.... when your school taxes are over 10,000 a year... check at a article that was done in Newsday regarding taxes and how the school increased budgets by 2% and when they got the tax bill it went up 10% and every one points fingers at everyone else......
Jeffrey Lee April 04, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I thought I told you it is Jeffrey Lee and quit making fun of my vertically challenged disability.....it was bad enough the coach would not let me make the basketball team which scarred me for life ! Now quit crying about their salaries you could of been a teacher and in reality it is all the "It's for the children" nonsense that allowed the salaries to be collectively bargained over the years....negotiations in the name of Little Johnny and Jane not Jeffrey Lee.
taxpayer April 04, 2012 at 07:46 PM
tanii just a FYI THE PTA TO GET MORE MONEY FROM YOU EVERY YEAR NOW IN ORDER FOR YOU TO GO ON A FIELD TRIP WITH YOUR KID YOU HAVE TO BE A PTA MEMBER..... WHO GAVE THEM THE RIGHT TO DO THIS
Jeffrey Lee April 04, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Oh no here we again you really have to fix that caps lock button from getting stuck. Try some contact cleaner on the momentary contact !
Rosemarie Stauber April 04, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Dear Taxpayer: Here are the clues that I know: 1. I am not a teacher - never have been, never will be. 2. I am please to tell you that the approved budget, announced last night, for the next school year does NOT have any cuts to the fine arts budget - something that I am pleased to hear about. 3. You have NO CLUE what the benefits of learning music does for a student - there is solid documentation how these same skills carry over to many other disciplines. 4. If you have such a strong, uniformed opinion about the taxes you pay to live in this fine school district, I suggest you move elsewhere. The state of FL has low school taxes - but know that you get what you pay for. I'm told that the FL schools are awful. 5. In closing, I suggest you go back to school (like the wonderful Adult Ed program we have here in Farningdale) and re-learn how to write in grammatically correct sentences. Also, a keyboarding class would be in order as well. 6. Also, a reading course would be in order as well - my post above says nothing about theatre classes.
Rosemarie Stauber April 04, 2012 at 08:14 PM
One more thing - I AM a parent of a child in this district and you do NOT have to be a member of the PTA in order to chaperone a field trip. That has never been a requirement as far as I have seen on any permission slip for any field trip. The PTA does not have anything to do with field trips whatsoever. Do you even have any children currently attending a school in the Fdale district? It does not sound like it to me.
Helen April 05, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Can we get back track? Though, it was amusing to read thru all the recent postings.... 1. Rosemarie - is there any way to have the budget information posted on Patch? Not everyone can get to the meetings. Perhaps our friends here @ Patch can help?? 2. Can anyone tell me what the "other" line item for that $35 million is for? No joke, I really want to know.
Jeffrey Lee April 05, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Online rebroadcast of BOE meetings on the districts website with a secured comment section via registered login. A tech version of The Suggestion Box with a tracking feature to tally the number of views. Webcast live BOE meetings including a set amount of time to answer questions via network as in Remote Public Participation. Lastly, the 35 million could be for litigation that is attorney client privilege even though the taxpayer is the client.
taxpayer April 05, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Rosemarie just an fyi i have 4 kids in school in the district..... but your not seeing the whole picture the school board cant keep coming to the taxpayers for more money every year people are hurting alot of houses are up for sale in the area main street is hurting people arent spending money.....look at the freeport school district when times were good they got everything now times are bad the BOE wants the union to help and they are saying stick it.... who cares about the everyday taxpayer... as salaries go up pension cost go up and every year it will keep increasing..... and the reason why its a state mandate is because the UNIONS gave somebody money to put it into law......I agree with making a living but the salaries are out of control now.....so cut fine arts and cut sports... and instead of the teacher telling your kid to come home and vote yes for the budget so you can sing and catch... go back and tell your kid to tell the teacher why dont you reduce your salary and help the taxpayer so we can keep all the programs going in school...BUT THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN....
taxpayer April 05, 2012 at 05:43 PM
and another thing in Albany ave the PTA wants you to be a pta member,.. and if you are not you cant go on field trips..... been told that by teachers....
Jeffrey Lee April 05, 2012 at 06:58 PM
So are you saying PTA stands for Parents Taking Advantage ?

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