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Family Forum: Do You Plan on Voting in the School Elections?

Let us know your thoughts and sound off in the comment section.

With nearly every school district facing a budget increase and cuts due to reductions in state-aid and increases in contract and health care budget lines, Patch would like to know if and how you plan on voting on May 17.

Voting in support of a budget in every district will mean higher taxes for every homeowner and voting down a budget would mean the same thing, just on a lesser scale. Voting against a budget would also require school districts to adopt a contingency budget, which in every case would mean more cuts in spending and to extracurricular activities.

In responding to this week’s family forum question, Patch would also like to hear your ideas on how you think school districts can think outside the box to make ends meet.

Please feel free to shout out your thoughts in the comment section that appears below.

We Heart Long Island April 28, 2011 at 08:40 PM
No, the reality is there is a contract that set these salaries. If you don't want to pay teachers $100,000 or more don't sign those contracts. It's not a teachers job to "help out" That's the job of the school board and taxpayers.
Norman May 03, 2011 at 12:35 AM
So DW what do you think is a fair wage for teacher then? Guys who work the Highway Department can make close to 100k and they don't require 1/10th of the education that teachers do. If you getting paid a lot less why would anyone take this important job? PS...Kings Park is one of the lowest paying districts on LI. They have a great deal of turnover (teacher and admin) because they pay less than every surrounding district and much lower than anything west of here. What do you think would be a good starting salary and salary after 20 years for a teacher with a BA, masters and more credits beyond that?
Norman May 03, 2011 at 12:36 AM
You got it, Penny. And he would sooner die before imposing a tax on earners of 250K or more.
Michael May 03, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Why would anyone take a teaching job? Well Norm, im thinking high pay, ridiculously easy hours compared to most private sector positions, more vacation than most private sector workers can even dream of, outlandishly cheap medical benefits, and a pension plan that provides a hell of a lot more than just a safety net for the retirement years. How did I do? And please lets not even get started on the $100K Highway Department jobs. Two wrongs certainly dont make a right.
chefcristo April 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM
you saidi it ALL, greg. no, no, no BUT YES FOR DAN FUSCO.

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