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Commackvoter April 15, 2014 at 04:24 PM
Not to be dismissive, but you are trying to deal in facts when analyzing the numbers. If theRead Morenumbers are fudged by $12-17 mil what can you really decipher from it? Many of the numbers in the presentations are just made up numbers, that is why they can't keep them consistent; they forget which numbers are real and which they fluffed.
ergodic April 15, 2014 at 06:34 PM
At present, I do not discern an ulterior motive in the case I mention in my above comment. –Read Morer ather, just an oversight. However, I could reverse that opinion depending on whether or not an appropriate correction is made to the 2014-15 Financing Plan.
Commackvoter April 15, 2014 at 06:52 PM
Ergodic- try this exercise as you seem to be sharp with the numbers. Take the 2014-15 budgeted line Read Moreby line and prepare an analysis of the comparable value of the Actual Spent for the last two years. You can then determine where the overestimated expenditures are and by what percentage. When you then compare the actuals, you can determine the actual percentage increase required. Good luck as you will find the wrench they throw into it!
Commackvoter April 09, 2014 at 07:51 PM
Cost per student is over $27,000 per
GLENN April 09, 2014 at 08:38 PM
If everyone is going to do common core, now we should all pay the same per student. So the peopleRead Morein Kentucky who might be paying half of what we pay per student, either has to pay up or we should be getting a big refund! I now LOVE CC….!
ergodic April 10, 2014 at 08:58 AM
@Just the Facts: Class size is one of the factors involved. The other is the difference betweenRead Morethe estimated decline in enrollment that I used in the comment (160) relative to the change assumed in the development of the required number of K-5 sections in 2014-15. The enrollment chart on page 43 of the 04/03/2014 presentation indicates a decline of 160 students in 2014-15 (earlier BOCES projections showed a change of -172 students). As near as I can tell, a decline of 110-115 students was used in developing the number of K-5 sections in 2014-15 (page 14 of the 04/03/14 presentation). That leaves a shadow group of at least 45 students (i.e. 2 fewer sections even with the reduced class sizes). So it seems that K-5 class size reductions plus the addition of 1 section is the response to a decline of 110 students.
Lisa Levine April 05, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Sooo right GM.... last 5 mins says it all ..these people will say and do anything.. twist andRead Moreperver t their own words to say they mean something else... They are incorrigible. Only way they will learn is when AG's or Comptrollers Office comes and sets them straight... unfortunately that may never happen.
Commackvoter April 05, 2014 at 05:39 PM
If nothing else, it is refreshing to finally see real discussions at a meeting with people havingRead Moreto finally answer questions about how they got their numbers, why they put them the way they did and have a board member with gumption to call out the others when there are issues with the status quo
Pete Moran April 07, 2014 at 05:19 PM
The District's explanation is comical.. feel bad for Jim T. though as he is standing up against the Read MoreDistrict all alone.. Looks like Hartman drank the Kool-aid.
pbug56 April 03, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Just remember; other then a few 'giveaway' issues that the board will give on, the budget wasRead Morelocked in long before any hearings. In particular, the massive overpayment of Mr. James and his lady friend and the overabundance of big bosses will not change. Nor will the huge waste of the IB program be cut back, nor the emphasis on board approved sports. My level of disgust at this point is so high that it doesn't matter to me whether I still have one or more kids going to district schools, I will vote against any budget they shove in our faces. The level of corruption and waste is beyond comprehension, IMHO.
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