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Friday, February 11, 2011

Are pay freezes an option?

Question: It is a real eye opener that the cost savings from a pay freeze for all school personnel for the 2011/2012 school year would be $860,516.00. If things are so critical right now for BPCSD, why is this option not being placed in front of BP staff and tax payers?

Answer: Employees have been asked to take a pay freeze each of the past few years. Superintendent Tomlinson opted for a pay freeze two of the last three years (2008-2009 and 2010-2011). Mr. Zumbolo received no contractual increase for the year 2008-2009.

This is an obvious option for saving large sums of money and is always on the table as an offer. A formal request for this year has not yet been made to the bargaining units. According to NY law taxpayers are not able to vote for pay freezes.
-answered by Ed Szumowski, Board of Education Vice President

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