3/10/2010

School Closure Meeting Tonight.

Posted by MJ

LUSJ reporting:


Tonight’s meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Lockport High School auditorium, 250 Lincoln Ave. The meeting was moved from the district offices on Beattie Avenue, the regular meeting place for the board in anticipation for a large turnout tonight, similar to the past couple of meetings, when supporters of a few schools have shown up — most notably from John Pound and DeWitt Clinton elementary schools.

Last week, district officials said the meeting had been moved to North Park Middle School before announcing the meeting had been moved again.

To help offset the financial hardships Lockport has to face with the 2010-11 budget, the district said last week it would be closing an elementary school and re-purposing another. The move is expected to save about $1.2 million. Carbone said Tuesday she has met with the staffs of the schools that could be affected if the budget picture doesn’t change.
 Not sure if I am going to be able to make it. If anyone else does please post up afterward.

1 comments:

Rocketboy said...

I remember hearing a long time ago, that the best way to hide something is to put it next to the brightest light. In other words, place it right next to an even bigger attention getter. Or, in shorter terms, misdirection.

IMHO, that's what the school closings is. It's really nice, easy, and convenient to get people up in arms about closing a school due to evil state "cuts". By doing so, you take people's attention away some of the bigger issues, which is the cost of labor. From the bottom rung (janitor) to the top rung (superintendant).

There was just a study recently that shows when looking at salary alone, public federal employees make more (based on the classification of the job) than public employees. About 7k more. When you add in the benifits (heath, retirement, etc), the average cost was just over $40k for federal employees, and only just under $9k for public.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-03-04-federal-pay_N.htm#chart

Granted, this was a study done just on federal employees, but I would bet dollars to doughnuts that the numbers would be consistant (or at least the percentages) all the way down to the local level.

But again, it's the state's fault.

Post a Comment

Please be be respectful. Diverse opinions are welcome and encouraged. Trolling/baiting/personal attacks/spam will be deleted on sight, as will respnding to one that has yet to be deleted. Do not encourage the behavior.