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Sending out an SOS
April 26, 2010 - John D'Agostino
In my spare time, I often consider all the options put forth by the Support Our School group in Brocton, formerly known as the Save Our School — vote no on merger — group.
Obviously, there are not many ideas. But here are a sliver of the suggestions from SOS for the board: Have teachers take a pay cut (especially from those SOS members who are not teachers); be a financially responsible Board of Education by spending less; do not raise taxes; eliminate "perks," but do not cut our sports; and have a "long-term" financial plan.
But some of these options are not possible due to contracts and a decrease in state aid.
On Sunday, our Newsmaker of the month were the Brocton teachers who urged district residents to vote no. Since December, these teachers have been nowhere to be found with suggestions — or even voicing support for colleagues who are being downsized.
One of those SOS teachers told board members alternative plans to the merger were not her job, they were the board's job though she continues to take a paycheck from the district while board members are not paid.
Anyway, above is a link to our Newsmaker item — and all those SOS members are welcome to post their ideas or thoughts at the end of this blog.
No school should be raising taxes 18 percent and cutting jobs. The Brocton board had an alternative the community rejected. So come on, SOS members, voice some suggestions on the bottom of this blog. I will then forward those to school officials.
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