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Fredonia budgets $300K increase from pre-k loss

February 27, 2014

The Fredonia Central School District is budgeting a $300,000 increase for the 2014-2015 school year resulting from the loss of the combined universal pre-kindergarten program with Dunkirk....

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Feb-27-14 1:25 PM

this idiots running the corrupt union controlled schools just cant make the cuts, so when all classes are eliminated there will be a $25M increase...idiots

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Feb-27-14 1:11 PM

Did i miss something, if you eliminate a program how do we get a 300k increase. So we eliminate the pre-k, but we keep the people.

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Feb-27-14 12:54 PM

Why don't Fredonians just replace the entire BOE and DiFonzo? Every year it's the same old story; never enough funds to pay for fixed costs!!! Now they act like it's a surprise: " year's budget is "showing" a $1.3M (7%) increase."

These people negotiate & agree to pay hikes, but when it comes time to pay for such promises, they don't know where to get the funds from, so they either cut programs or raise taxes.

Just like w/the CCLeg, you deserve what you get, and each other.

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Feb-27-14 10:54 AM

And the stupid Fredonia residents will vote to approve the budget. Say NO and send the message you don't like what they are doing.

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Feb-27-14 10:48 AM

Salary & benefits are "showing" an increase of $1.3M (6.97%). How much of this was expected (negotiated), and how much was actually unexpected (health premium hikes)?

FCS wants to FOIL other districts when it's just as guilty of what it's accusing the others of? HAHAHA!

Sounds like FCS's motive is to somehow force a merger so THEY can keep what they have. In the business world, this is known as a hostile takeover. FCS made its own bed (Vision 2000), and now it needs "partners" to help support it.

Lower enrollments doesn't cause labor costs & budgets to rise. Stop blaming enrollments for these increases and put the blame where it squarely belongs: the BOE, the FTA and health care premiums.

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Feb-27-14 8:38 AM

It wouldn't be Fredonia schools if they didn't manage to squeeze a tax increase out of people.

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Feb-27-14 7:53 AM


You beat me to it, as I planned on asking the same thing.

Seems to me that this might be a perfect example of why school budgets are out of control.

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Feb-27-14 6:28 AM

If all Dunkirk students are leaving the program why do they need as many teachers??

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Feb-27-14 4:26 AM

"Salary and benefits are showing an increase of $1.3 million, or 6.97%." They apparently found (cut) $1M somewhere, but the loss of Dunkirk's "contribution" to the pre-K "partnership" was too much.

Yesterday's article never mentioned FCS labor cost increases, but Supt DiFonzo did say that ALL districts need to look at shrinking enrollments: "'s time for us to really look and see what we have to do across the county to have students get the programming they need."

DiFonzo & the BOE @ FCS need to start practicing what they preach.

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