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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

BOE meeting

Members of the Board of Education will meet tonight to discuss what could be a final proposal for the school district's 2009-2010 budget.

Two weeks ago the district asked the three unions representing its employees - the Troy Teachers Association, the Troy Administrators Union, and the Civil Service Employees Association - to forgo pay increases for the upcoming school year in order to save them from layoffs.

The district could be forced to utilized layoffs as a result of decreased state funding, however Gov. David Paterson has said that some of the state's federal stimulus money could be used to restore those aid cuts.

The board is scheduled to meet starting between 7 and 7:30 p.m. tonight at Doyle Middle School, located at 1976 Burdett Ave.

A budget must be adopted by April 1.

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but no sympathy here. The Troy School District, and School Board have been a mess for years --even when the gravy train was rolling along with ease. They'll do what they've been doing for years, just take more from the taxpayers.
For God's sake, you've got a guy like Schofield heading up that board who's in WAY over his head.
Starting over from scratch

March 25, 2009 at 3:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe we'll all get lucky and Schofield will run for city council. He'll probably do less damage there!

March 26, 2009 at 10:47 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Board of Education has only itself to blame for the financial situation it finds itself in. Who negotiated and approved a ridiculous 5% raise with the teachers union. Who negotiated a raise and extension to the superintendent's contract two years before it was due. They repeated the same mistake they made with the previous superintendent.

March 26, 2009 at 11:01 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is going on in every District not just Troy. I work in Troy Schools and this is by far the best Board I have witnessed in my 16 years. Remember WE have the final say on the budget not the School Board when we vote in May.

March 26, 2009 at 2:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is going on in every District not just Troy. I work in Troy Schools and this is by far the best Board I have witnessed in my 16 years. Remember WE have the final say on the budget not the School Board when we vote in May.

March 26, 2009 at 2:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course commentor #4 thinks this is the best School Board in 16 years, they work for the school district. As a taxpayer I can't agree and voted no on the last budget and the one prior to that. I am not against taxes, I am against wasteful spending of tax dollars.

March 26, 2009 at 11:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schofield for council? The Republicans lost the last election with solid candidates. Why would they put dopes like him in a council race?

March 29, 2009 at 7:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, witness the ad on Craigslist. Hard to find candidates w/o Unca Joe's checkbook to fund them.

March 31, 2009 at 7:25 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as the Troy Superintendent's contract being renewed 2 years before it expired, that is a very common clause in all School Superintendent's contracts these days. As a matter of fact, you won't find a Superintendent candidate around who will agree to a contract that does not have that language in it - and it's not like there is an abundance of good candidates out there. Likewise, while its my own personal belief that most people in the field of education have chosen a noble profession and those that excel are worth their weight in gold, they ALL have the cushiest contracts you have ever seen - and there is virtually an entitlist mentality among veteran teachers and administrators because they have had these unrealistic contracts for years. They simply don't care what effect their contracts have on the taxpayers or on the district's financial health. And since most of the provisions of these contracts were negotiated long ago, it takes hard work and a lot of patience for school boards to bring them in line with today's realities. You literally have to chip away at the outrageous benefits that burden the taxpayers little by little each time you negotiate, generally creating tiers because the union negotiators are usually the most veteran teachers and administrators - they won't give up any of what they have, but they're usually willing to sell out the newcomers. It's an extremely tough job for board members trying to make things right and protect the taxpayers.

April 6, 2009 at 9:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Putting Schofield in the council is like activating Dworsky in Troy Politics again, the city almost went under and we couldn't even get a bond rating. He hasen't done any good for the School District, higher taxes and less School programs and lets not forget half of them can't even pass the state tests that's why we have the no child left behind program....

May 3, 2009 at 7:42 AM 

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