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School District Lays Out Cost Cutting Plan

Layoffs to be announced next week as District makes second budget presentation.

Massapequa school officials have outlined more details about budget cuts and staff reductions, but it will be another week until we know the exact number of layoffs.

Superintendent Charles Sulc and Deputy Superintendent Alan Adcock  gave the district's second budget presentation to the Board of Education last week and once again blamed the new state tax cap for the district's budget woes.

Sulc again said there were no plans to cut programs for the 2012-13 school year.

But he would not guarantee that programs would remain intact after that given the current economic climate.

"The question you have to ask yourself is...'How in the world do we keep it going under what we have right now in New York State?'" Sulc said.

The Superintendent said that in order to keep under the tax cap the district would have to reduce positions across the board including Administrative, Teaching, Teacher Assistants, and Monitor jobs.

The district already announced the elimination of two cleaning positions by attrition and the layoff of one bus driver.

But they had not yet publicly announced the other layoffs, because the were still working out details including retirement incentives to ease the pain.

"We can't do that tonight," Sulc told those in attendance Thursday at Massapequa High School, explaining that the retirement incentive closed just prior to the meeting. "In addition a lot of communication has to take place between various employee groups and the employees  themselves.

Sulc said the district will announce the number of jobs at the next meeting on March 15.

After the meeting, Sulc explained some of the issues that still need to be worked out. 

"There are regulations associated with it, and seniority is a major factor," he said.  Sulc said that teachers who are certified in more than one subject could be eligible to be excessed in one area and needed in another. For example, a teacher certified in biology and physics might lose his job as a biology teacher, but stay on as a physics teacher.

"We've been at this process for the better part of six weeks, it's going to continue for another couple of weeks to make sure we do it right," he said." continue 

Joseph Trainor March 08, 2012 at 03:50 PM
What was he doing for the last few months he knew about the cap .A good administrator would have worked this out already .What are his plans for contingencies of the future .He should be fired for poor planning
David Rosenthal March 08, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Mr. Sulc should look at himself in the mirror. "You know Charlie, I've had it good for years being on this gravey train, maybe I should give the taxpayer a break; reduce my salary about $20,000 so we can employ 2 part-time cleaners instead." That would be the right thing to do.{{{{{ Do as I say, not as I do Sulc.}}}}}}
Robert Demarco March 08, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Two cleaners and a bus driver? Wow! The education bloc sure protects itself.
Art March 08, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Yet we keep voting for each school budget, year after year...
Ken March 09, 2012 at 01:04 AM
"We" Art does not include myself. I always vote no- somebody must shake up the egg carton, not just be complacent and cry after the milk was spilt.
Annette Lukashevich March 09, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Do you want to know what one waste of the taxpayers money really is in the district? Having not one but TWO "security guards" posted outside of Faifield School at arrival and dismissal times, because ignorant, rude and selfish parents CANNOT follow simple rules. They need to be "told " and "instructed" every day, what NOT to do, how sad is this? And what is it teaching our children? Do we really need to pay these salaries?
Struggling in Massapequa March 09, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Mr. Sulc is a very busy man. At one School Board Meeting in December of 2011 he presented a video presentation that he took the time to create. It was an animation video of a Holiday Greeting card with all the Board of Education memebers faces singing a holiday jingle. Mr. Sulc should put it up on the Districts website; you will all love it. Mr. Sulc's compensation package $270,000.00 +
Olivia Salina March 10, 2012 at 05:05 AM
What a conglomeration of misguided, misinformed and misconceived statements. Clearly, tough economic times elicit the wrath and envy of many, two of the seven deadly sins, and woefully the insightfulness and fairness of too few. Unfortunately, in good times and in bad, educators are the easiest targets to hit. The only people who can truly comprehend the scope and magnitude of education are those who do the job. It is quite disheartening to give your all and have to read such fallacious and inciting remarks from those who find it too difficult to attack the real culprits, the politicians with their self-serving and oftentimes corrosive dictates. How sad that Superintendent Sulc could not even create a fun holiday video without being ridiculed. As they say, "No good deed goes unpunished." In these stressful times we need intelligent solutions, not poisonous parley.
Don Von March 12, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Olvia --- I am afraid that you might be in charge of his PR... We do want INTELLIGENT SOLUTIONS. What you seem to have missed is that Sulc IS A POLITICIAN!! What I found funny about the "holiday" video was how clever and humorous he found it to be. It was pure PR and nothing more. My nephew showed me something similar...five years ago. On the cutting edge... What "innovations" has that HUGE administrative board produced to possibly justify keeping ALL of them and cutting some poor little old lady's part-time job instead of reducing ANY real administrative positions?? They have no reason to MAKE REAL CUTS (not more teachers) unless we sacrifice the golden goose for at least one year. Back to Reaganomics and STARVE THE BEAST.
Diana Hibbard LoCascio March 12, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I'd really be interested in seeing what administrative cuts will be made. My guess is a secretary will get cut before any of the top brass. When times get tough, they cut the teachers. The teachers in my husband's district had to take pay cuts for 3 years now in order to preserve some jobs (some got cut). This year, it is particularly galling because the administrators got a renovation of their offices last year, including new $5,000 desks. The teachers that get cut are usually the younger ones, often with young kids at home and with mortgages to pay. I'd like to see the administration chip in to keep the teachers in the classrooms where they belong. They have a hard enough time teaching the kids, but when you crowd the classes, it makes it all the more difficult. If tests scores suffer, you know the teachers will get the blame....
Pam H March 12, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Diana is right and the cycle will keep going down while they will take advantage of the situation by pointing the finger at teachers even if the teachers have no control over the size of the classes or the material they teach. We pay the teachers to get their degrees and then pay a bunch of other people to sit in offices to "supervise" them from outside the classes. The old one room school house seemed to work without all of these extra layers and invented job titles. Times have changed but it does not mean that we need all of these extra jobs that have no positive affect on what happens in the classroom each day. Now those teachers are teaching each day knowing they won't have a job next year. That is not good for the students.
Rick March 13, 2012 at 12:12 AM
And those young teachers are the only ones who have any idea what the world is like for these students and the technology they use. With all of those teachers gone, the gap is now even bigger. The kids spend all of their time on Facebook, twitter, and a bunch of things we have no idea about. Who is going to teach them how to use any of this stuff if we keep getting rid of the youngest teachers? We could have the next Mark Zuckerberg in one of those classes, but who's going to teach him to turn on the computer? Are they still using paper books?
Bill Bix March 13, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Do I vote against the budget and lower the value of my home, or do I vote yes and keep throwing money into a bottomless pit? My gut tells me that one missed budget would force some extra focus on spending, but my brain knows that it will work against me and probably cost some unfortunate average Joe or Jane his/her job.
Karen Stone March 13, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Maybe ONCE the first salary to be cut could be the largest salary. I remember when my boss took a one dollar salary just to show us that he "got it" Pammy -- at least we know there isn't an advertising guru in there somewhere...
Diana Hibbard LoCascio March 13, 2012 at 09:55 PM
In all fairness, many older teachers bring experience that the younger teachers don't have yet. I think the best schools have a mix of young and older teachers. My husband is a business teacher in another district and is not a rookie by any means, yet is up on all that technology, as is his job to be... It is sad to hear about what is happening to the younger teachers. If we treat teachers as disposable, who is going to want to get into teaching in the future? The truth is the cuts seem to mostly happen to teachers and the administration is safe from the pain. As I mentioned above, they got concessions from the teachers several years in a row in his district and then had the administration building renovated, complete with all new desks, chairs, etc..this past year. Each new desk cost $5k, at the same time that they let teachers go. The existing teachers took cuts in order to save jobs and instead they helped fund cushier digs for the administration that had cried poverty... When school districts have new scoreboards and other frills, yet cut vital staff, something is wrong.
Jo March 29, 2012 at 07:45 PM
They cost us $25.00 a hour.....every building has one.....
Jo March 29, 2012 at 07:47 PM
she must work in his office.......wake up residents !!!! vote NO to the BS salaries of ALL district personnel...
Jo March 29, 2012 at 07:54 PM
he volunteered a $5000 cut of his 265,000 salary......which he will vote on giving back in a sneaky August meeting ...
Don V. April 10, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Jo --- great point. What ever happened to the last superintendent? All of the money is going out the backdoor and we can barely get in the front door: http://www.endteacherabuse.org/VanillaBB/Vanilla.1.0.3/comments.php?DiscussionID=39 Imagine what else is going on behind closed doors...
Marcus Grier April 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM
17 months after the ribbon cutting at the Massapequa High School's Cyber Cafe, Superintendent Charles Sulc, Deputy Superintendent Alan Adcock and the Board of Education have not paid the General Contractor for the work performed. What a disgrace.

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