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June 27, 2011

LI teachers face uncertainty as year ends
JOIE TYRRELL
Layoff notices have gone out to educators in both counties as one of the most fiscally challenging school years in recent memory comes to a close. With a $200-million cut in state aid, a Newsday survey found that about 1,200 teaching jobs across the Island may be cut as districts struggle to meet their budgets. And in New York City -- which in past years might have had a position for a teacher laid off from an Island school -- the proposed budget has no money to replace teachers who quit or retire.

June 9, 2011

Even Before Layoffs, Schools Lost 135 Arts Teachers
ANNA M. PHILLIPS
In 2009-2010, there were 135 fewer arts teachers in the city schools than in the previous school year, after principals chose to cut positions from their budgets or not replace arts teachers who left. The 5 percent drop puts the number of certified arts teachers working in the schools back to where it was in 2007, when the city first began to survey principals.

May 25, 2011

Public Schools Charge Kids for Basics, Frills
STEPHANIE SIMON
Personnel costswhich amount to about 80% of expenses in many school districtshave driven some of the increase, along with increased costs for utilities and technology. The average salary for a public-school teacher nationally has jumped 26% since 2001, though that growth didn't quite keep pace with inflation

May 25, 2011

Deal Reached in Albany to Cap Property Taxes
DANNY HAKIM
Forty-three other states have some limits on property taxes. But New York is unusual because property taxes are the main source of support for schools outside of New York City. In the city, the schools are primarily financed by a municipal income tax.

May 23, 2011

Layoff notices for 108 Levittown teachers
JOHN HILDEBRAND
Without concessions, teachers with seniority who retain their jobs would gain an average 5.75 percent increase in pay next year, including annual "step" increases built into their pay schedule.

May 18, 2011

Mom who lost daughter pushes road safety
JENNIFER MALONEY
Vega is supporting a "Complete Streets" transportation bill -- which encourages such safety features as pedestrian countdown signals, landscape medians and pedestrian islands -- that was introduced Wednesday by Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick), chairman of the Senate's transportation committee.

May 16, 2011

Chris's Picks for Wantagh Board of Education
Chris Wendt
All three candidates are personally well known to me. I have worked with each of them in various school district functions over as many as 12 years. Each is an upstanding, dedicated and hard-working community leader in his own right.

May 16, 2011

Videos: Wantagh School Board Candidates Explain Their Platfo
WCC Moderator
The top two of three vote-getters in the May 17 at-large election will win seats on the board.

May 15, 2011

Election Primer: Wantagh School District

The district proposes a budget of $70,194,507 for the 2011-12 school year, a 1.46 percent increase over the current budget of $69,182,285. The tax levy, now $51,234,193, would rise 3.99 percent to $53,280,124.

May 15, 2011

LI school districts plan to cut 2,000 jobs
JOHN HILDEBRAND
Islandwide, districts surveyed by Newsday plan to cut a total of 1,269 teaching jobs through layoffs and attrition. The breakdown is 811 teachers in Suffolk County and 458 in Nassau. Overall district employment could drop by as many as 2,150 workers -- about 2.7 percent of the workforce.

May 12, 2011

School debt soars on Long Island
TED PHILLIPS
In the 1990 fiscal year, Nassau and Suffolk school districts had a combined $542.6 million in outstanding bonds, according to data provided by the state comptroller's office. By 2010, those bonded debt obligations had grown to $3.7 billion. Adjusted for inflation, that's a 309 percent increase.

May 9, 2011

Nassau BOCES Budget Passes
Alexandra Zendrian
The Wantagh school district voted against the budget, the Manhasset school district abstained from voting and three school districts  Garden City, Glen Cove and Roosevelt  did not vote on the budget, Nassau BOCES said.

May 6, 2011

Wantagh Teachers Contract Officially Accepted
Emily Wood
The main focus on the contract agreement details was the salary raises expected through the duration of the settlement. For the current school year, a .75 percent increase is retroactively effective on Jul. 1, 2010, with another .75 percent increase for Feb. 1, 2011. The next school year (2011-2012) will feature another .75 percent increase, while the following (2012-2012) will see no rise in salary at 0 percent. Additionally, a 1 percent rise will happen on Jul. 1, 2013 for the 2013-2014 year and another .75 percent that will be in force on Feb. 1, 2014.

April 29, 2011

Sewanhaka teachers give up some raises
JOHN HILDEBRAND
Teachers in the Sewanhaka Central High School District have given up a 2.9 percent contractual pay raise for next year, according to district officials, who say the concession will save $2.1 million.

April 27, 2011

LI school taxes to jump next year
JOHN HILDEBRAND
On the expense side, much of the increase stems from factors beyond the districts' direct control -- for example, rising contributions to state-run employee pension systems. To cover such expenses, many districts are imposing cuts in other areas -- eliminating teacher positions, enlarging classes and canceling programs ranging from full-day kindergartens to middle-school sports.

April 18, 2011

New York should follow Illinois' lead in ending LIFO
Editorials
Worse, the Legislature and then-Gov. David Paterson agreed that districts must negotiate evaluation systems with teachers unions. United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew rejects that out of hand. Then again, he might be persuaded by huge raises for his members.

April 17, 2011

New teachers facing tight LI job market
JOIE TYRRELL
The pain is widespread. The Sachem schools may have to let up to 80 teachers go. The William Floyd school district, which has a teaching staff of 692, may cut 48 teachers among about 100 positions. Superintendent Paul Casciano said the budget crisis probably means no teaching openings.

April 16, 2011

At Columbia, Walcott says poisonous debate is hurting kids
Davin McHenry, The Hechinger R
He also said the "last-in, first-out" policy of seniority-based layoffs can't be allowed to remain on the books. In response to an audience question, he shot down the argument that ending LIFO might result in principals laying off the best-paid teachers, saying -not completely accurately- that the way schools are funded gives principals no particular incentive to do so.

April 16, 2011

School taxes across LI set to sharply rise
JOHN HILDEBRAND
Voters face another dilemma: A growing number of districts are signaling that they intend to boost taxes higher next year if budgets are defeated at the polls than if budgets are approved. Sayville, for example, said it will raise taxes 7.39 percent next year if its budget is approved, but 9.18 percent if the budget fails. That's because the district has agreed to use $2.5 million in cash reserves to curb taxes if voters say "yes." If they vote "no," the district plans to withhold its reserves.

April 14, 2011

Union concessions help restore jobs, programs in Miller Plac
Samantha Brix
Teachers, who currently pay 15 percent of their health benefits, will now contribute an additional $2,750 each to the plan. Teachers contracts, which were set to expire at the end of next school year, were extended one year and teachers will receive at least a 1.5 percent pay raise in the 2012-13 school year.

April 11, 2011

Huntington district adopts $109M budget
DEBORAH S. MORRIS
He opened the meeting Monday night saying the budget the board was presenting to the public "stinks" because of all the cuts. He said district officials made an offer to the teachers union that would save "substantial" jobs, but so far the union has not accepted the offer.

April 11, 2011

Half Hollow Hills votes on $215.9M budget
JENNIFER BARRIOS
The tax levy would rise by 4.94 percent, from $169.7 million to $178.1 million. The district did not provide an estimate of the tax rate that property owners would pay if voters approve the budget.

April 5, 2011

Supervisor bloat hikes overhead of the class
BRENDAN SCOTT
The number of supervisory staff in public schools increased to 42,000 this year from 31,332 in 1997, even as student enrollment statewide fell and performance rankings sat stagnant, according to a Post analysis of state Education Department data.

April 5, 2011

Teacher Layoffs Deter Students From Education Field

"It's a very dramatic decline," noted Dale Janssen, executive director of the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing. "It's kind of difficult to encourage people to become teachers when every time this time of year they hear about 20,000 pink slips going out."

April 4, 2011

Next: the Andy cap
Fredric U. Dicker
A property-tax cap would permanently restrain local governments -- counties, cities, towns and school districts -- outside New York City from continuing to raise revenues at three and four times the rate of inflation, as they've done for over a decade.

March 24, 2011

BOE - Requesting Resident Feeback for 2011-12 Budget
WCC Moderator
The Board of Education and Central Administration invite all Wantagh School District residents to participate in a casual discussion regarding the 2011-2012 budget. Community input is encouraged! Location/Time: High School  Room 150-152 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

February 28, 2011

Unions vs. the Right to Work
ROBERT BARRO
For a teachers union, collective bargaining means that suppliers of teacher services to all public school systems in a stateor even across statescan collude with regard to acceptable wages, benefits and working conditions. An analogy for business would be for all providers of airline transportation to assemble to fix ticket prices, capacity and so on. From this perspective, collective bargaining on a broad scale is more similar to an antitrust violation than to a civil liberty.

February 17, 2011

N.Y. pension debate targets double-dippers, crooks
Joan Gralla
As state and local governments consider how to reduce the billions of dollars they will owe to retirees in future, New York is scrutinizing those who "double-dip", retiring early from one job in the public sector and hopping to another. Such workers collect a pension and a salary, and may even eventually be eligible for a second separate pension. There are at least 2,129 New York state public employees, ranging from nurse to investigator, who are double-dippers.

February 17, 2011

Lawrence draft school budget includes cuts
JOIE TYRRELL
While other Long Island districts contemplate personnel cuts, Lawrence already has made trims. This budget year, the district has cut 42 civil service positions, including secretaries and security personnel, and trimmed 19.7 academic positions, including privatizing more than 10 special education teachers assigned to private schools. Officials said more special ed students will be integrated into classrooms with two co-teachers. The budget does not cut elementary classroom teachers or subject teachers.

February 15, 2011

Lt. guv to schools: 'Face fiscal reality'
YANCEY ROY
"It is time for our school districts to face fiscal reality," Duffy told lawmakers and hundreds of lobbyists and advocates at packed hearing room. "Education has received record increases over the last decade and the state is at a point where we can no longer sustain that."

February 10, 2011

Sachem officials warn of mass layoffs
NAPOLITANO & TYRRELL
The news was delivered Wednesday individually to 450 of the district's least senior employees, including 375 teachers - about 30 percent of Sachem's workforce, union leaders said. Sachem serves some 15,500 students.

February 10, 2011

Attendance Requested - Board of Education Meeting 2/10 @8PM
WCC Moderator
Currently our BOE is under extreme pressure, as a result of reductions to Federal and State Aid, while trying to limit expenditures for the 2011-12 school year. Furthermore, Wantagh Teachers are working under the terms of an expired contract. While negotiations take place, we ask residents to support our BOE, while they try to balance employee expectations and fiscal responsibility for taxpayers.

Please note: The expired contract does provide salary adjustments, via steps. For additional details on the Teachers contract, please review the Contracts Section and Wantagh School District Salaries, located on the left side of this page.

February 9, 2011

Smithtown superintendent wants school cuts
JO NAPOLITANO
He said salaries are expected to increase by $3 million in 2011-12, pension contributions by $3.2 million and health care costs by as much as 10 percent, or $900,000, though that figure has not been finalized. Smithtown's budget this year is $221.5 million.

February 8, 2011

NY schools could cover aid cuts: report
Associated Press
The report obtained by The Associated Press shows the school districts outside New York City have about $1.16 billion in reserves and $355.2 million left in federal stimulus money.

February 2, 2011

Cuomo cuts include $250M hit to LI school aid
JOHN HILDEBRAND
He added that the governor's proposed $2.42 million cut for his district could result in losses of varsity sports teams as well as a popular junior ROTC unit. The statewide plan requires approval by state lawmakers, some of whom have already expressed reservations

February 2, 2011

Current Events and Information about Wantagh SD
WCC Moderator
Currently, Wantagh School District (along with other LI districts) are under extreme pressure to control costs, as a result, expect reductions to services for the 2011-12 school year.
If your interested in finding out more information, Click Here and Feel Free to Ask Questions.

January 31, 2011

G.O.P. Governors Take Aim at Teacher Tenure
T. GABRIEL/S. DILLON
Governors in Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Nevada and New Jersey have called for the elimination or dismantling of tenure. As state legislatures convene this winter, anti-tenure bills are being written in those states and others. Their chances of passing have risen because of crushing state budget deficits that have put teachers unions on the defensive.

January 27, 2011

Schools union chief predicts more concessions
JOHN HILDEBRAND
Jeff Rozran, who is also president of the 725-member Syosset Teachers' Association, announced this week that his union has granted the $2.5-million salary concession for the next school year. Under the revised agreement, teachers still get annual "step" increases averaging 2 percent.

January 23, 2011

LI school cuts may be sharpest in 20 years
JOHN HILDEBRAND
Jim Kaden, who is South Huntington's longtime school board president, says Albany should scrap a 29-year-old legal requirement that districts pay annual "step" raises to teachers, even when contracts expire. Otherwise, Kaden says, his board and others will not have the leverage needed to negotiate pay cuts and save money for student services.

January 21, 2011

Wantagh Teachers Upset Over Contract Negotiations
Emily Wood
"At this time, the facts that we know are that the teacher retirement system and the employee retirement system payments have increased 33% and 39% respectively," said Quinn. "We are losing at least $1.4 million in state and federal aid, and the governor is proposing a 2% tax cap. The Board of Education and central administration are examining budget cuts that will be painful."

January 13, 2011

Christie Eyeing Teacher Tenure
LISA FLEISHER
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants to change that: He is seeking to end tenure and on Wednesday said he would support switching to a system that gives individual teachers five-year contracts, which districts could renew based on merit. He said he believes that if the worst 5% of teachers were churned, there would be a 'quantum effect' on performance.

January 9, 2011

LI school leaders shift thinking on tax cap
JOHN HILDEBRAND
"If we don't do something to stop this madness, our economy is going to collapse in front of us," said Richard Bivone of East Meadow, chairman of the Long Island Business Council. "There should be no exemptions at all."

January 5, 2011

Elwood school district consolidation meeting
JO NAPOLITANO
If a merger is approved by voters, the state would provide the new district with an additional 40 percent of its 2006-2007 operating aid - based on numbers provided by both districts - for five years. After that, the aid would decrease by 4 percent each year until it hits zero.

January 4, 2011

LI student enrollment still dropping
HILDEBRAND & NAPOLITANO
The area's school-age population is projected to drop by 38,380 students - or 7.6 percent - over the next five years, according to a leading university researcher. That would be nearly double the 19,560 students lost between 2004-05 and 2009-10

December 21, 2010

Smithtown district may close school building
JOHN HILDEBRAND
"We're all experiencing the difficult economy, we're all trying to save on taxes," said Meryl Ain, assistant to Smithtown's superintendent for general administration and planning.

December 19, 2010

Hempstead panel nixes plan to erect antennas

Town spokesman Mike Deery said the board based its decision, which was made last week, on several grounds. Among them: T-Mobile could not show a need for improved wireless coverage in the area, and concern about the impact of the antennas on property values.

December 13, 2010

State may pressure school districts to merge
JOHN HILDEBRAND
One idea under consideration would withdraw part of the state's cash assistance from targeted districts that refuse to consolidate. While many school leaders until recently have ignored pressures to merge, some analysts say that a growing economic crunch could force localities to reconsider.

December 9, 2010

Deer Park teachers OK pay freeze
CHAU LAM
In exchange for the pay freeze, Demyen said the district agreed to increase the teachers' salaries by 4.85 percent for 2012-13 and 1.85 percent for 2013-14.

December 7, 2010

Schools propose tax hike, layoffs for 2011-12
DEBORAH S. MORRIS
The Huntington School District is considering a 2 percent property tax hike and eliminating 68 teacher positions as officials prepare its 2011-12 budget.

December 7, 2010

Public pensions will clobber LI
RANDI F. MARSHALL
New York State taxpayers' contributions to the Teachers Retirement Fund could quadruple by 2016, perhaps rising to as high as $4.5 billion statewide, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, a conservative think tank.

 
BOE member about the first failed budget
"I will give you the privilage of voting on the same budget again."

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