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Friday, February 11, 2011

Comment about Governor Cuomo's Budget Proposal

In Governor Cuomo's recent speech about the NYS proposed budget, he stated that there will be more cuts in education. This is not good news for any school district. Additionally, he has stated that readjusting top salaries, freezing teacher salaries, using reserves and leftover federal money would help school districts make up for the decreased state aid without the immediate need for layoffs. He has stated that "everyone" needs to make sacrifices. Over the last couple of years, the Broadalbin-Perth community and students have made several sacrifices with increased taxes and reduced programs. Just like NYS, the B-P School District is at a crossroads and as Governor Cuomo said, "we must seize this opportunity, make hard choices." If I remember correctly, school district pay increases (with benefits factored in) was approximately $900,000 in the last school year. We can continue to take more from the children but is that really looking out for the education for our children. We can also tax more but the B-P community has already made these sacrifices. Also, it appears to me, we have already tapped into our reserves and used the federal money. So my question is, "Are the teachers ready to make the sacrifice just as the Governor suggested for their B-P School District and Community?"

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