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In a January 7, 2010 Buffalo News Article, Achromo speculates that the Hamburg Central School District will again face possible teacher and staff reductions [click here for article]. What is most interesting is the statement "this year, the district has about 3,900 students — about 200 fewer than last year." In the very next line of the article, it says, "the high school showed the greatest reduction, at 74 students, followed by the elementary level, 34 students. The middle school posted a slight increase — eight students." I'm thinking Achramo should enroll himself in the elementary level to revisit basic math. Thus reducing the number of elementary students by only 33. Lets do the math:
- 74 high school student
- 34 elementary students
+ 8 middle school students
- 100 students district wide
So which is it Achramo 200 or 100? A hundred students is one secondary teacher's job. You make $170k a year, get it right.
Something to consider: Last school year 2009-10, the administration cut 12.7 teachers effective June 30, 2010. Most of those cuts came in the high school where there were allegedly fewer students. (ask a high school teacher about class sizes). The very next day July 1, 2010 the District reinstated approximately 6 teachers and since have hired new teachers. Most recently, Achramo welcomed a new special ed teacher at the elementary level. Also last year, the District claimed to have a financial burden which was the alleged reason for the cuts. In October of 2010, an independent audit showed a $4.2 million accumulated fund balance as of June 30, 2010 [click here for Board Briefing]. Back in June of 2009 the District had a general fund balance of more than $2 million and it was anticipated that the District would finish the year with a $1.4 million fund balance [click here for Board Briefing]. $1.4 million is a far cry from $4.2 million. Let us not forget that in addition to cutting teachers and support staff, our taxes went up 4.9%, the District received $3.1 million in advance lottery funds [click here for bill] and administrators gave themselves a hefty raise. If you followed the papers last year, every time Mr. Bagley was interviewed it seemed as though he pulled the fund balance out of his hat. I think George Orwell said it best in 1984:
"In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they would make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense."