The real pity is that the only ones that are suffering are the kids. The administrators make a ton of money and got raises. The teachers make great money with great benefits. Over the past 5 years the budget has been raised every year to the tune of about $40 million dollars. And, what have the kid got out of it? Cuts, Cuts and more cuts. It is terrible that in this year when once again we will run a huge surplus that all activities are cut.
Don't play into the districts hands. They threaten and pit residents against each other. They are divisive. Isn't it time you just say no to an increase of even one penny more until they show you some value for that extra $40 million over the past 5 years. They are going to threaten increased class sizes. Cutting of sports and other things. Guess what they have already done these things. It is about time they offer cuts of their own. These peopl pure and simple are greedy pigs!Go to page 21 of all Sachem's Finical statements and read them. http://www.sachem.edu/board/budget12/fi ... mation.htm
This year's and next year's budgets are horribly inflated and designed to increase reserves not educate students.
2012-13 Budget ...298,787,501---Estimated Expenses ...298,787,50 The BOE is estimating expenses will increased by $41 million over the last two while state aid is shrinking. This is a very bad guess.
2011-12 Budget ...287,834,125---Estimated Operating Expenses...287,834,125 after a $10 million cut in staff and services. Actual numbers will be available in October 2012 (Since last year's operating expense was $266,307,242 and this year the BOE cut expenses by $10 million and increased the budget to $287,834,125.... This year's expenses are estimated to increased by $31.5 million and way out of line with prior expenses. Do the math)
2010-11 Budget ...282,111,665---Actual Operating Expenses...266,307,242---+ 1 time roof repair 3,107,000... 12,697,423 under budget
2009-10 Budget ...277,694,940---Actual Operating Expenses...261,609,366--+ 1 time roof repair 3,806,872... 12,278,702 under budget
2008-09 Budget ...278,801,607---Actual Operating Expenses...267,926,888---10,874,719 under budget
2007-08 Budget ...274,707,921---Actual Operating Expenses...265,060,293---9,647,628 under budget
2006-07 Budget ...266,665,361---Actual Operating Expenses...262,000,417---4,664,944 under budget