Now, I am sure the RSB will say we cut administrative salaries last year because there is no longer an associate superintendent (so sorry to see you go Mr. Kerr), they hired a new athletic director that makes no where near the salary of Mr. Amo, and the job left by the retirement of Mr. Grace was filled by a principal earning much less. However, those are not real cuts. What are they going to do this year? If last year taught us anything, the District has no problem cutting teachers and turning around and taking huge raises (thank you Hamburglar Maryellen Monafo for taking a 10 thousand dollar raise). Even our Governor believes administrators should cut their outrageous salaries. He said, "maybe [school districts] look at their school district administrator compensation." If the Governor is recommending cutting administrative salaries, why isn't the RSB looking at doing it? Why go directly to the teachers? Possibly because they know the teachers cannot do anything about the cuts and will divide and cannibalize each other?
Last night, five out of the six speakers implored the RSB to save the Finance Academy. I think it is great that teachers and citizens feel very strongly about their programs, however, if Finance Academy is saved, what else will the RSB cut? Will it be Math, Science, Social Studies, English, or EMT? Last year, the RSB cut the two health teachers, with one of those teachers being the EMT teacher. He was brought back after public outcry. It is my understanding that the District is already in hot water because EMT is grouped under the health tenure area and the RSB brought back a health teacher without regard to seniority. Since Life Skills is also under the health tenure area, is the District going to be cutting the EMT teacher again? If so, what will happen to the EMT program? RSB, there are seniority rights in NYS, whether you want to acknowledge them or not, they exist and courts will uphold them.
Although most of the cuts last year were in the high school, the RSB also cut the Gifted and Talented program. So, our District is now failing to service our special education students [click here for report] at all levels. Now, despite failing our students already the RSB is going to increase class sizes at the elementary level. Is it true that classes can accommodate 25-30 students, yes. However, did anyone think increasing class sizes will increase the number of student failures?
One more point, has the RSB addressed the crumbling high school building?
RSB DO NOT CUT YOUR TEACHERS! LOOK ELSEWHERE TO SAVE MONEY AND I SUGGEST YOU START WITH ADMINISTRATIVE SALARIES.