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The Schenectady City School District will put a revised $160,624,500 budget plan before voters on June 16 — $480,000 more than the spending plan defeated at the polls last week. The Board of Education on Thursday voted to add money to the budget for six elementary librarian positions, which had been cut in the original spending proposal. Librarians and other residents had spoken out in opposition to the idea at a public hearing on the ...


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Lkd
May 29, 2009
1:02 a.m.

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The Board of Education should be drug tested if they think the only reason the original budget didn't pass is because of the elimination of school librarians.

Change with the way things are run, the way the High School suicides ( and now the Swine Flu) were addressed, the Raucci case and total disregard and ultimate dismissal to listen to the public in regards to the Howe School move, were all factors in the defeat of the original budget.

Not to mention the tax increase.

Now they want a second election at a cost of anywhere between $14,000 to $20,000 and a pseudo public hearing that in their own words will "have no impact on the budget."

Sort of like the public hearings on the Howe School
move.
Included with the election should be a seperate vote on whether the superintendent gets to stay or not.

Not only do I hope this budget also gets defeated, but I hope the people who voted no the first time will bring friends to vote no also and there is a wider margin of defeat so maybe the message will be heard this time!

And what nonprofit groups, who have suffered so much, use the facilities now ?

If Mr.'s Ely, Janiszewski, and Stricos all agree to step down perhaps I will even consider voting in favor of the budget.

ella
May 29, 2009
4:57 a.m.

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15.8 % increase for the contingency budget? Who can afford that? If the last budget failed, this next one[ at 5.8% increase] will also- may as well pass it folks and save some tax money like 10%.
Why is Janiszewski's wife still employed?? With no passed civil service test, a school secretary had to resign- board prez wife still around HUMMMM!

rjsjsn
May 29, 2009
7:51 a.m.

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Once again the school board and Mr. Ely have failed to listen to the public. They all have their own agenda's just like the IB program fiasco last year. What else will it take. Do the right thing MR.Ely and step down while your at it take Mr. Janiszewski with you.

myshortpencil
May 29, 2009
8:56 a.m.

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The only way to protest this abuse of power is to refuse to vote. If you vote no, you're not only hurting the students, but you're hurting your pocketbook. Let the budget pass unanimously with a joke of a voter turnout. Then use the energy you would have used to fight for a real right to control school budgets.

artvandalay
May 29, 2009
8:57 a.m.

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What is wrong with these idiots? They spend more-they raise school taxes more. This is another slap in the face to the taxpayers. Maxine and Jeff J should immediately resign. Take the school attorney, clerk and Stricos with you.
They are still going forward with wasting millions on the Howe School closure. Didn't they learn anything from the election of 2 Howe parents? They are out of control and in serious denial. Maybe another huge NO vote will finally bring them to their senses. Well, on second thought...

Lkd
May 29, 2009
9:09 a.m.

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I don't care if the tax levy goes up %20 with a contingency budget as long as the administration hears loud and clear that we are fed up with them.
I can hardly wait to vote no again.
And don't believe the hogwash that children won't get school supplies. The contingency budget leaves to the discretion of the Board of Education what constitutes students and teachers supplies. Textbooks and necessary workbooks are mandatory.
As parents ,we already provide the paper, notebooks rulers, pencils, etc. for our children -so what changes there?

artvandalay
May 29, 2009
10:20 a.m.

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Right on LCD. Don't believe a word they say. Linda Bellick is still defending this ripoff? Brisport, Russo should both resign.
In Troy they found $300,000 in new cuts and the Super is voluntarily cutting his pay 30%. Mr Mitchell has more sense and decency than the other 6 idiots put together. They care more about giving out freebies to non-profits than listening to the oppressed City taxpayers. What's worse the assessor's office or this School Board?

watersda
May 29, 2009
10:24 a.m.

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How is it possible that a contigency budget is allowed to be higher than what the voters already voted down? There is something seriously wrong with this system. Then the board has the nerve to have a second vote with a higher budget than what was already voted down? The board wants the contigency budget. These people should go to jail for abusing the community. Nobody can afford these taxes anymore!!!

Lkd
May 29, 2009
11:02 a.m.

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I have to disagree with one thing you say, watersda.
I don't think the board wants the contingency budget because they will be more accountable, limited and further scrutinized as to how the money is spent and less able to spend money as "they" see fit and I don't really think that is such a bad thing.

I agree with you 100% on the rest.

CKL
May 29, 2009
12:47 p.m.

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Millions are not being spent on the Howe move- there is work being done at Central park- work that was approved a few years back- absetos, roof, boiler, elevator, I believe the only work associated with the move is a loop in the front and a playground at Central Park- I do not believe that there is any work associated with the Howe UPK-K program building on Baker. Martin Luther King K-8 is the school having the majority of the work done. The 2 new Howe parents on the board have done all that they can do in regards to the move- they have filed a appeal with the State Education Department- the stay was denied- and even they have had to admit that there is only the slightest chance that the appeal will be granted and that it could take as much as a year to hear the appeal. So any money that anyone thinks can be saved by changing the Howe move back needs to look else where. My children participate in many programs, located on the grounds of various schools within the district. I have always thought and stated how good it is that the schools are being used outside of 7:00-5:00, the gyms. fields, tracks etc. many of these programs directly effect the children within the district, if we need to start charging fee's many of these programs will not exist anymore. Everyone seems so shocked that the contingency budget is higher then the first budget. That is what the School Board was reporting to everyone- most people were just to angry to hear it. With the new proposal, 6 librarian positions are saved, the tax increase is not going to be as much as the contingency plan. Or just remain angry- vote the budget down, go to a contingency plan, have our taxes raised significantly and still be angry- the fact remains that the Board has very little spending room,once you take into account all of the programs that are mandated by the State and Federal goverment, insurances, salaries, transportation and building maintences. It does not leave much after that. Those things will not change no matter who is the super. or the president of the board.

SchenectadyLifeSavers
May 29, 2009
12:52 p.m.

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Well this is how the school district been operating all the years. If you can't get it your way used force to get it, the Raucci ways. These corrupted school district so-called officials will not cut anything in this budget. These people are out to destroy the students, which they have did and they are now after the parents who voted no to the so-called budget. I am suprise they did not ask the election board for all the 'no' voters name so they can terrize them as this is the only thing they can do best. I would encourage all the go out and vote no again. This will send a clear message to them, we vote one time and it no and we will vote again at it will be no also. Let the taxes go up, we can live with that rather than living with the Superintendent and the board president corrupts practice. The school district is being run by a bunch of vindictive people. The superintendent and board president misses Raucci a lot, at this time all would have had to voted 'Yes' or else you know what. The superintendent and school president should have requested a pay cut instead of a raise and the school president should have his wife resign as she is self appointed to that position.

SchenectadyLifeSavers
May 29, 2009
12:59 p.m.

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CKL - what a good presentation for the defence teams. Are you aware that these corrupt people are given themselves a raise, why not cut that out of the budget. They are spending all that money and yet the education system is the lowest in the state.

dhhieter
May 29, 2009
1:26 p.m.

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someone should question the board on this. I believe the Commissioner of Education ruled that a contingency budget may not exceed the proposed budget that was defeated and that contingency would be the defeated budget minus the required items that must be cut in a contingency budget (school supplies, certain equipment, etc.)
Doug Hieter Trustee
Hyde Park Central School District BOE

Lkd
May 29, 2009
1:41 p.m.

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As reported in the gazette yesterday about the contingency budget:

There seems to be confusion among education officials about whether a school’s contingency budget can exceed the spending plan that voters defeated at the polls.
A state Education Department memorandum on its Web site says “the contingency budget adopted by the Board of Education would always be less than the proposed budget.”
But Schenectady City School District officials have said that under the state’s formula for determining a contingency budget, the district’s cap would be more than $165 million — $5 million more than the $160 million proposal voters defeated by slightly more than 100 votes last week. The contingency budget could carry a much higher tax rate increase than the 4.8 percent increase turned down by the voters.
When asked about the discrepancy, state Education Department spokesman Jonathan Burman replied in an e-mail that quoted the previous line from the Web site that the contingency budget would always be less.
Superintendent Eric Ely said a March ruling by the state education commissioner clearly spelled out the guidelines.
“We’re going to follow the state law and what the commissioner’s decision was,” he said.

I think I will decide to go with the state department spokesperson, that they know what they are talking about and make it the Superintendent's job to explain the guidelines about what the March ruling was because I can't find it anywhere. Until he does, I intend to vote no.

CKL
May 29, 2009
1:41 p.m.

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These people are not getting raises, only Ely is -the president of the board I do not believe is a paid position just like the other board members. Mr Ely raise is probably as per his contract- would it be great if he did not accept the raise- like I believe the Troy Super did, yes that would be. Just like it would be great if the Teachers union elected to not take the promised raises- and the personnel who are covered under the CSEA contracts did not take theirs- do I wish that the CSEA contracts were set up so that we are not paying a pension to Raucci or his family, yes- - Do I think that in general most of these people deserve their raises, yes, do we have any control over the Teachers Union or the CSEA contracts no. Do I wish that we could have a itemized accounting of the Federal and State Aid- as per the mandated programs-so as tax payers we would know excatley what kind of money is left, yes . Many of these things we do not have any control of at this level and the changes need to start at the Federal and State levels and the first place I would like to see changes is in these contracts yes will it happen- probably not in my life time.

scsddad
May 29, 2009
5:05 p.m.
(Comment was removed by moderator for not meeting the Daily Gazette's community standards.)
artvandalay
May 29, 2009
7:20 p.m.

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CKL is wrong. The School Attorney is also getting a fat $16,000 raise-the Super $19,000. As far as Howe this closure will cost a million in extra busing. There will be 2 runs to CPMS for grade and then middle schoolers. The kids going to CPMS displaced by Howe students will have to be bussed to MPMS. We spend twice what Albany District does to bus kids around town. Before this. No one knows what State Ed will do on the appeal filed by Howe Parents. This is a half baked plan cooked up by out control administrators.

CKL
May 29, 2009
9:32 p.m.

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The bus runs- there would be 2 runs no matter if Howe moved or not- Howe was a magnet school bussing children from all around the district- they would all still need to get to school and back home whether they were in the Howe Building on Baker- or in Central park International Magnet K-8- That is due to the fact that elementary and middle grades start and end at different times of the day elementary start at8:45 and middle school starts at I believe 8:00 so to think that you are adding extra runs of bussing because Central park is housing K-8 is not true- all they are doing is just taking the bussing runs now at Howe on Baker and moving all of the runs to Central park International Magnet School. So to state that there is a "extra Million" in bussing is not true. The appeal was not filed by Howe parents- just one parent- who dis-approves of a K-8 education- of course the International Magnet school and martin Luther Kings Magnet school are schools of choice, all
a family has to do is fill out a piece of paper, the league of women voters randonmly draws names, if your not selected in the draw you are placed on a waiting list in case there is a opening- if you do not get in you can re-apply every year if you want to. The parent who so's disapproves of families in the city of Schenectay having this choice for the education of their children- is also the same one who was just elected to the school board- a complete conflict of interest. The same one who has stated that they will never agree to a K-8 choice, but who's family now attends Howe and will not let the district know if they plan on having their children attend the new Central Park International Magnet K-8 school or not and by not letting the district know their intentions are holding on to openings that other families within the district could take advantage of. How I see it is they all come with baggage - just different levels. In regards to the lawyers raises again I'm sure they also have a contract one much like the CSEA and Teachers- would it be great if they did not take it- yes but trying to fight these contracts already in place would be a added burden

Get_Involved
May 29, 2009
11:05 p.m.

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artvandalay .. Just like you, I hope that the administrators give up raises. However, will the teachers do the same? I think that the district as a whole should give up their raises. I wonder how many teachers there are and how much could be saved.

Lkd
May 29, 2009
11:21 p.m.

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The Howe move was a scam from the beginning with limited information given out to the community and an inadequate timeframe for the parents to even cast an opinion.
The Howe parents couldn't even get on the same page with the survey -almost split down the middle- so don't even say this was the doing of one person!
That isn't even taking into account the desire of the majority of the community who would have overwhelmingly (and did by petition) oppose the move which was arrogantly cast aside by the board.

I can't believe it wasn't even mentioned that the night they voted on the move that Lincoln would be redirected to Mt.Pleasant and Paige and Woodlawn would go to Oneida. That was a spur of the moment thing ,( ONLY BROUGHT UP THAT NIGHT!!) and the parents of the schools had ZERO (!!) time to address the fact.

If the person who was opposed to this,(presumably Ms. Wachala) then all the more power to her and one of the reasons she was convincingly elected.

As to the cost of the consolidation, Superintendent (who will now be referred to as Slippery Ely) couldn't even commit to the cost of the move, first stating ,"It is a cost saving measure", then, "It will be "cost neutral" and finally admitting that "it will probably cost money".

All political B.S. and hope the new budget goes down in flames.
I think the the %15 increase they refer in taxes is not concrete and only a doomsday scenario and is only a scare tactic like playing on the heart strings that children aren't getting school supplies.

P.S.
I didn't realize Mr. Raucci had access to the internet in jail.

flyonthewall
May 29, 2009
11:27 p.m.

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The not so super super still doesn't get it. Its time for a clear vote of NO confidence. No matter what the budget is the superintendent and his crew can't be trusted with our kids or our money.We can't afford to let Ely and the others do any more damage. He needs to go now. Parents and community members should all come to the budget hearing carrying signs with NO Confidence and make their voices heard.

Get_Involved
May 30, 2009
1:26 a.m.

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Honestly, I think that voting NO to the budget does not harm the adults, but instead may create difficulties for the kids, in the form of program cuts, teacher reduction and possible the need for the community to pay to use the facilities. There has to be another way to get positive change than voting NO on the financial means for the students

springwater09
May 30, 2009
8:54 a.m.

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The Gazette is doing an excellent job on all of the accurate reporting & perhaps it is time for everyone to check these links to see if the NYS Attorney General's Office or the NYS Comptrollers Office can get actively involved in all of this. http://www.oag.state.ny.us/resource_cent...
http://www.osc.state.ny.us/investigation...
http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/C...
http://www.parentadvocates.org/index.cfm...
http://www.oag.state.ny.us/resource_cent...

http://www.oag.state.ny.us/home.html

CKL
May 30, 2009
10:12 a.m.

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Why all of this focus on one school in budget discussions- How come if your angry that money is being spent at Central park, money that was approved a few years back,why are you not equally as angry that money is being spent at Martin Luther King? Children at Central park are not being dis-placed. The current 8 grade will move on to the high school- the current 7& 6 graders will still be there next year- some, who attended King previously, have been offered the option of going back to King if they want to, so no one is being dis-placed. If you do not agree with a k-8 education or a magnet education for your family you are not being asked to accept that as a choice for your family but you need to realize that there are numerous families in the district who have opted for this choice in education for their families. You are right in the rearranging of the traditional middle schools. Never once did I hear the option that was finally agreed upon and for the life of me I cannot understand what the reasoning was and or is behind that.However voting the budget down will not change any of this, the only thing voting the budget down will do is force even more cuts, the librarians will probably be lost, possbily more teacher cuts etc.- it appears as though the NYS Education Department and the latest ruling that just came down are in complete dis-agreement on what the meaning of a contingency budget entails. A 15% tax increase will hurt the majority of the district- so many families and senior citizens are barely able to make ends meet now . Voting against the budget does not hurt the school board not the super nor all of the adminstrators, it will however directly effect the teachers/ staff and children and then ultimatley the community. Being angry at the current adminstration is one thing- but voting down a budget- take the tax increase- and accept the cuts when it doing so has no bearing on the very people you are angry at makes no sense.

artvandalay
May 30, 2009
1:32 p.m.

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Voting No sends another signal that we are sick of this horrible administration of having the worst district. This has nothing to do with education-it has to do with greed and mismanagement. If you don't pay us $125 more we will make you pay $350 more. Great Plan? Stop dreaming-no one is voluntarily giving up anything. The best we can hope for now is a full Attorney General audit and mass arrests.

Give us one valid reason why Howe should be closed? This has been the finest school in the district for decades. Try identifying any savings. Why is Schenectady paying double what larger Albany District is for busing? It's because you and your buddies have been living large off the taxpayers. Everything changed last election but you are still in denial.

CKL
May 30, 2009
2:24 p.m.

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Howe is not closing- closing means that nothing is being done to the building or the building not being used- it will continue to be used as a UPK- kindergarten and continuing education school for the district.The International Magnet School K-8 is moving to Central Park. The Board is not telling us that we have to pay $350.00 more depending on the interpation of the State of Education newest ruling, they are stating that the contingency plan will cost that much more- so while the State Education tries to figure it out as to what a contingency plan entails and how the newest ruling is to be applied we are stuck in the middle. Does it make any sense that a contigency plan should cost more then a budget that was voted down- no it does'nt. I have never seen any documentation to show that Schenectady pays double what Albany does for transportation- it would be benefical to see how they are able to save. But to think that there are millions being spent on transportation, by having Central Park house the K-8 International Magnet School now is wrong- To the best of my knowledge no one said that there was any "cost" savings associated with the move to Central Park, of course there is a expense, just like the expense of the construction at Martin Luther King, the High School, Paige School and Zoller last year and all of the other construction and renovations yet to happen at the other schools- Roofs- asbestos abatement, painting, heating systems etc. this is what goes into the up keep of these buildings- outside of these the only things being done at Central park International Magnet School K-8 is a playground being added and I believe loop in the front. For the record- I am not a Board member, I am not employed by the district in anyway, I am just a parent and tax payer who is trying to understand the budget. So I thank you for thinking that I am living large off of the taxpayers. It has given me a bit of a laugh today- in between my 3 jobs.

concernedparents
May 30, 2009
8:46 p.m.

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Did Mr. Ely ask for his 20K a year raise in this budget as well? Again, Mrs. Jaznewski needs to have her cushiony 60k a year job CUT!!! She is NOT even educated in this field. But look at who her spouse is.. only reason why she got the position..

This whole entire administration, needs to be looked at very closely and REPLACED.. We need real people in these positions, that truly care about our kids and their education.

Ever thought of sharing librarians within all the schools? Ever thought of having the Paras, become licensed, so they can also act as Subs?? There are plenty of ways to make what we have work. There is no need to keep CUTTING positions.. and making the classrooms in middle n high school so large that our kids get lost in the shuffle..

I really wish the Mr. Elys BOSS would like really close into all this.. I wish someone would take a fine tooth comb to all the things that are going on here.. How can you cut all these para professional jobs? what about all the special education children? What about their one on ones most require? Oh wait, they secretly use that one on one as a ROOM PARA.. Low and behold.. No one else knows what they are doing in elementary schools.. But people do know and things are right there, IN FRONT OF EVERYONES FACES.. What we choose to do and see, well thats another story

lireecy
May 31, 2009
10:50 a.m.

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I think the good Schenectady residents, especially those with kids need to think about getting out now. With so many quality surrounding areas and school districts it seems that moving is the best option. Swing a rope about 30 minutes long and see what you find. It will touch Fonda, Galway, Saratoga, Burnt Hills, Ballston Spa, Niskyuna, Duanesburg, Mohonansen, Guilderland, Broadalbin Perth etc. Anyone would be hard pressed to say that the housing, schools and community aren't of a higher caliber than that of Schenectady.

artvandalay
May 31, 2009
12:27 p.m.

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Schenectady pays almost $8 MILLION for busing in a much smaller district than Albany. The worst part is not ONE of the school board members could think of any cuts. The raises for the Super and Attorney are staying. FIRE the entire HR department and a 15% cut in ALL administration salaries.
Once Howe leaves Baker Ave it is closed-the greatest teachers are leaving. Still waiting for one reason other than spite or stupidity why this is happening. More busing will have to follow.
You are right but try selling property in this City. Between the disgraceful schools and bizzare taxes nobody wants to buy.

Get_Involved
May 31, 2009
2:46 p.m.

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Dear Mr. Artvandalay,
I have noticed your several postings. It is apparent that you are extremely angered by the way that the school district is operating. I am assuming you must have children at Howe School (due to your frequent references). I too have children in the school district and I am actually pleased with the level of education that they have received. Of course not all the teachers are good...my children have had some really poor teachers along the way, but I have accepted that is the nature of tenure and the inability to get rid of mediocre teachers. I do not know specifically what have cause this rage in you; however I am hoping that with the end of this school year and as the 09-10 year begins, we can all leave the anger and rage behind and start to move forward.

CKL
May 31, 2009
6:59 p.m.

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Mr. Artvandalay- again the Howe school located on Baker Ave. is not closing and there is no additional bussing associated with Central park becoming K-8- . As of right now teachers currentley at Howe are not losing their jobs- some have elected to go with the move to Central Park International Magnet School- some have elected to move on to other schools- which has happened every year at Howe and I will assume other schools- I think you will find if you speak to other families with children in elementary schools- that they all in general think that their teachers are the greatest also- Howe did not have a monopoly on "greatest" teachers in the district, just like they do not have a monopoly on the "good" kids in the district. The Schools are just like life some great teachers- some not so- some great families some not so.
Put your anger to good use- you either have seen or have evidence that Schenectady pays $8 Million in bussing- to the best of my knowledge I have never seen a breakdown- but if this is what you believe get the totals for Schenectady and Albany and look into how Albany is able to save so much money- find out and let the public know what they do differently then Schenectady. Perhaps it is something associated with fuel cost- or perhaps they do not require the same number of runs- maybe they do not do after school programs? Maybe it has something to do with owning busses vs. renting companies? Befor you scream - you are right that is something either the Board of Education should request the adminstration look into or the Adminstration should just take it upon themselves to see how Albany save so much money. Have you ever asked to sit down with a Board Member or the adminstration to discuss these bussing concerns and ask them to please compare the 2 to see if there are in fact savings? If you could please let me know where you have gotten these cost for Schenectady and Albany I would like to see it for myself.

artvandalay
June 1, 2009
11:34 a.m.

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Get a copy of the 2009 budget. Completely shocked by the supporters of terrorism and wasteful budgeting that hurts our kids. Where are the CPMS students displaced by the Howe students going? BUSED to other schools. Funny how you can't answer any facts. The Howe closure is half baked and will affect many other parents and children. The fact that your Howe PTO cheerleader got crushed should wake you up. The parents did not support this closure and neither does the neighborhood. Sorry to confuse your preconceived notions with the facts.

Get Real has got to be kidding. No one is this uninformed. You think there's rage now wait and try to raise taxes 15%. "Start moving forward" lol. Why don't you stop humiliating yourself with poorly written posts? If you're happy this district then you are alone. We have had enough of being a Statewide laughing stock. See you at the polls.

Get_Involved
June 1, 2009
12:35 p.m.

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To Mr. Artvandalay
Regarding your constant concerns about the busing. Do you know that "many" students in the Albany School District are expected to take city bus to school....including kindergarten students. So that account for there lower transportation costs.

artvandalay
June 1, 2009
1:02 p.m.

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You found a budget? How "many"? "Take(sic) City bus(sic) to school"? "That account(sic) for it"? OMG! Another "English Dean" heard from. Beyond pathetic.

CKL
June 1, 2009
1:21 p.m.

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Mr. Artvandalay,

CPMS students are NOT being displaced, nothing could be farther from the truth-CPMS currently houses 6 ,7 and 8th grades. The current 8th grades at CPMS will move on to the 9th grade a the High School- the current 7th graders at CPMS will become the 2009-2010 8th graders at Central Park International Magnet School- the current 6th graders at CPMS and the Current 6th graders at Howe will become the 7th graders for the 2009-2010 at Central Park International Magnet school- the current 5th graders at Howe will become the 2009-2010 6th grade at Central Park International Magnet School,the current 4th grade at Howe will become the 2009-2010 5th grade at Central Park International Magent school- the currnet 3rd grade at Howe will become the 2009-2010 4th grade at Central Park International Magnet School- the current 2nd grade at Howe will become the 2009-2010 3rd grade at Central Park International Magnet School-the current 1st grade at Howe will become the 2nd grade 2009-2010 school at Central Park International Magnet School the current kindergarten at Howe will be the 1st grade at Central park International Magnet School and the new Kindergarten class for the 2009-2010 Central Park International Magnet School- has been selected by the League of Women Voters sometime I believe in May. There is a option for families, who attended Martin Luther King for elementary school and are currently attending CPMS- to be able to go back to Martin Luther King, if they want to. Those are the facts hopefully clear enough for you to understand that no one is being dis placed and bussed around the city.
Here is another fact since you are for some reason angry at the International Magnet School moving to the Central Park location, and if your children attend Howe now- do not send them there, it is a education of choice for families, let them attend your neighborhood school. Another fact- come next September the first day of school- pre-K and Kindergarten children will be attending Howe School on Baker Ave.-
Thank you for the note to go back and look at the budget- I will- In regards to Mrs. Della Villa- current Howe PT0 president- your use of the term "cheerleader" I believe was meant to be offensive- and if so nothing could be farther from the truth- the fact is I have never met a person/parent who works on behlf of her childrens school as much as she does- we would have been very fortunate to have a Board Member like her- not like some people who all they do is complain publicily that nothing is right, constantly offends all of the other schools in the district, except the current Howe School and one who uses the other one for her mouth piece-neither willing to put the work in. But that has nothing to do with the current budget problems.

Get_Involved
June 1, 2009
1:32 p.m.

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Dear CKL, I would like to thank you for your efforts in presenting the facts. Unfortunately, it is apparent that Artvandalay has a grudge that goes beyond the budget etc. It is sad that he has to stoop to this level.
Once again, thanks for your efforts and your support of the school district.

CKL
June 1, 2009
2:09 p.m.

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Get involved thank you- while I feel the need to try and clear up any confusions that I can in regards to the Central Park International Magnet School K-8- I would myself like to know how transportation cost for Albany can only be $4 milliom dollars and ours is $7 Million? I do support the district- my children have received a wonderful education so far and I do not see any reason why that should not continue- Are there problems? Sure there are but there are problems in all of the school districts- some are just made more public then others. I urge voters to vote the budget in the only ones that you will hurt by defeating the budget are the children/staff and teachers- none of whom it appears the public is angry at. Defeating the budget does not hurt the adminstration/lawyers nor even the School Board the very ones that you are so angry at.

Get_Involved
June 1, 2009
6:47 p.m.

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The Transportation Facts: Below is a link for the Albany School Budget for 2009-2010. Here is the actual budget costs for transportation in Albany for 08-09 was $6,681,662 and 09-10 is $6,874,509 ($192,847 increase). The Schenectady transportation budget for 08-09 was $7,600,000 and 09-10 is $7,749,192 ($149,192 increase).

http://www.albanyschools.org/district/co...

Get_Involved
June 1, 2009
6:51 p.m.

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The Transportation Facts: Below is a link for the Albany School Budget for 2009-2010. Here is the actual budget costs for transportation in Albany for 08-09 was $6,681,662 and 09-10 is $6,874,509 ($192,847 increase). The Schenectady transportation budget for 08-09 was $7,600,000 and 09-10 is
$7,749,192 ($149,192 increase).

http://www.albanyschools.org/district/co...

CKL
June 1, 2009
8:51 p.m.

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Get involved- THANK YOU for these facts- I could not imagine that Schenectady's were double to that of Albany. Mr. Artvandalay this should be able to put your mind at rest that the district is not wasting Millions on bussing- we are obviously in line with Albany. However I would like to suggest to you again that if you think that there savings like you had been led to believe then make a appointment- phone call or E mail to members of the Board- I know that whenever I have had to contact them- and when I do I forward the same letter to all- Mr. Farkas and Ms. Brisport have always responded. Get involved again thank you- I was just going to try and track down this information- Artvandalay what made you think that we wre paying almost double to Albany?

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