Weigh in on School District Cuts [Poll]

The Massapequa School District has announced the elimination of 29 teaching positions. Do you agree with the decision?

Next year's proposed budget in the Massapequa School District contains some difficult cuts, including the in the district.

There will also be three administrative jobs eliminated as well as clerical, paraprofessional and custodial/transportation jobs eliminated.

Officials in district blame the new state tax cap for forcing them to make the cuts and have argued that the district isn't getting its fair share of  state aid.

We want to know if you agree. Were these cuts necessary? What are your thoughts about the decision?

Take our poll below and weigh in with your comments.

C March 21, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Massapequa is not the only district facing this problem, go speak to friends in other towns. NYS needs to reevaluate their education system and recognize that the cost of education on Long Island is proportionately higher than the cost of education in the boonies upstate, so a blanket decision such as this tax cap puts our region at a significant disadvantage. It should also be taken into consideration that the same people who whine about paying such high school taxes and making ridiculous statements such as "get rid of administration" will turn right around and complain that their child does not have access to as many special services, sports opportunities, after-school clubs and teams, academic support, extra help or any of the other things that require money to make happen. If you want Long Island to remain in the top of the US in K-12 education, don't penny pinch the district. If you want Massapequa to maintain a reputation as a solid district so your housing values don't fall, don't threaten to vote down a budget if it increases more than 2%. I wish more people were aware of the countless hours of personal time our teaching staff dedicates in Massapequa simply for the good of the student, even if they aren't being paid. No, certainly not every teacher, I won't even claim 50%, but it is amazing what some of these individuals do because they want to see YOUR child succeed. But sure, cut their salary even more, see if they stick around......
Pequa Pete March 22, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Its possible to see both sides of this mess. If the budget always passes no matter what, how do we know there is any financial efficiency or accountability? Yes, voting against the school budget might hurt our property values temporarily. But if that is the case, our home values are sitting on another housing bubble that can pop at any time if the district finances unravel. Albany has Long Island in a tough spot. I'd like my home to be worth as much as possible, but I'd also like to see my taxes spent as wisely as possible. Call near AND call far so that we can have better options.
Just another Jo March 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM
People who actually attended the Massapequa Budget hearings over the last few weeks may have noticed Mr. Adcock's response to many of the questions from the Board and the public regarding "cuts" on particular budget lines. Most of the time the response was - we have looked at that code more closely and we do not need that much money there. In other words, we have removed some cushion. But cushion gives us savings/fund balance - which we need. All districts have to put some contingency funds into the budget - but it is never presented that way to us. This year's cuts are nothing compared to what we will see for the 2013-2014 school year. Our district will have to make some very difficult choices. I just hope the Administration and Board start working WITH the community in making these decisions and don't dictate to us what they THINK we want or do not want!! Time for us to collaborate.
Don V. April 10, 2012 at 08:02 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...
Mark April 20, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Long Island schools were given 90 Million dollars by NYS in ADDITIONAL funding 1 month ago to offset some of the teacher layoffs that were being proposed. Many schools have come out and said, "this 200k doesnt do much, but will save 2 teacher jobs", "this 400k will save 4 teacher jobs". Massapequa was given 600,000. and did not hire back a single teacher!! They also are cutting an extra 148k from an admistrator position in Berner, but apparently that money will also go into reserves. 29 Teachers who have masters degrees and devote countless hours to our children are being kicked to the curb, and administration simply doesnt care. This is simply not right, please email someone or all on below page, and let them know that you will not stand for this. At tonights board of education meeting, there was not a single word of these 29 teachers being fired. Class size will be going up 3-5 kids per classroom, is that the type of education you want for your kids with the money you spend on taxes? http://www.msd.k12.ny.us/board.cfm?subpage=2516 or the superintenent Charles Sulc, csulc@msd.k12.ny.us


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