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Proposed Nanuet School Cuts: Coaches, Staff

Nanuet School Board budget workshops are next week. Check back with Nanuet Patch later for more updates

 

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With an estimated $4 million budget gap to close, the Nanuet School District started the process of looking at the school’s budget in October.

Superintendent Mark McNeill gave his recommendation to the school board at Tuesday night’s meeting. Next week, the board’s budget workshops begin.

Read more about the school budget's details in this Patch article.

Budget Workshops:

Workshops do not have an agenda nor a public forum

  • March 11—General support, buildings and grounds, transportation, benefits and revenue
  • March 12—Staffing and instruction
  • March 19—Total Budget Review (followed by a regular board meeting)

The powerpoint presentation from the February meeting is attached to this article as a PDF. 

Recommendations

McNeill's recommendation for the school board to close the $4 million budget gap included the following actions for 2013-14:

  • Reduction in Personnel
  • Other reductions in the budget
  • Reduction in Reserves from $4.3 million to $1.6 million. "That's about a 63 percent drop," he said.

Personnel cuts

  • 6.4 FTE (full-time equivalent) Teaching Positions
  • 4.8 FTE Teaching Assistant Positions
  • 2.2 FTE Clerical Positions
  • 2 Custodial Positions
  • 2 Monitor Positions
  • All Freshmen Coaches

Check back with Nanuet Patch later for more updates

 

Related Patch Articles:

February

  • $4M Gap In Draft 2013-14 Nanuet School Budget
  • McNeill Requests Tabling of Grade Reconfiguration

October 

  • Future Nanuet School Budget: "Going to be Survival"
  • Nanuet School Budget: Possible Depletion of Reserves
  • Superintendent McNeill Explains Proposed Changes
  • Nanuet School Budget: Breaking Down the Numbers
  • Nanuet Schools 2013-14 Budget: $3.5M Budget Gap
  • Nanuet School Board: Federal Call to Action
NoName March 06, 2013 at 10:46 AM
From Nanuet Patch March 1, 2011 According to Cuomo’s office, 33 percent of superintendents in New York now are paid more than $175,000. That includes 100 percent of the school chiefs in the Lower Hudson Valley’s Patch communities. The average local superintendent salary was above $250,000 as of May 2010, according to figures from the state education department This was proposed by Governor Cuomo as a salary cap option to curb out of control Superintendant salaries. "For Nanuet, Superintendent Mark McNeill's salary would cap at $155,000, which is a 35 percent drop from his current salary of $237,317". How about we start at the top and the school district would save enough right there to pay two starting teachers salaries. The Nanuet school taxes among other taxes will eventually tax the residents out of living here in Orangetown and Clarkstown anyway. People talk about the Police being overpaid. Here's the salary of the Assistant superintendant of Business-175,510 The Assistant Superintendant-173,000. It goes on and on. The salaries would amaze you and they arent teaching anything that I know of. I would require all teachers and ESPECIALLY the administrators to live and pay taxes in the school district they work. Then they too will worry about the skyrocketing taxes as well.
TRC March 06, 2013 at 12:48 PM
MCD is heavy on hot air and light on facts. If you want to make such suggestions, post your own salary. Let's see what kind of savings we can get by cutting that.
NoName March 06, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Newsflash TRC-Facts not hot air. Why should I post my salary? You dont pay into any of it. So how does my salary being cut equate to any savings to the Nanuet School district taxpayers? Not a very intelligent reply if I may be so bold. I work for a private corporation that the citizens of Orangetown and Clarkstown dont fund. Unlike the taxes I pay here for these outrageous salaries. Yes Outrageous. If I loose my job tomorrow I have another news Flash for you- I still have to pay the taxes to pay thoses salaries. No tax break for me. So please get off the computer and get back to your classroom. I'd like to know why there is always an assistant to some position at almost the same salary? And what is the position of Superintendant of Business at $175,000and why are these people paid so much? Please enlighten me.
Scott Walters March 06, 2013 at 01:27 PM
THe structural issue is immense and there is no thinking outside of the box regarding the bringing in revenue from sources other than taxes. only one person who has run for school board over the last decade has offered any proposal to bring in money and materials from the outside. THat would me me. As well, there are positions that easily could be cut/merged in administration. We have two principals and one assistant principal for K-4. There should be two assistant principals and one principal for those grades. The registrar and transportation jobs can become one, etc...that and lowering some of the other administration salaries would be excellent....
NoName March 06, 2013 at 01:35 PM
I'd love to know where these administrators pay taxes and make it requirement that if they want the well paying job here, they live here. Police departments all over the country do that. District attorneys offices went to that in many places over 25 years ago. They would shudder, as we all do, when the school tax bill rolls in every year. My taxes went up, due to the Pfizer settlement, 2 thousand dollars over the last 2 years. No one ever worries about cost when it isnt their money. Just like the Federal Governement. Tax, spend,and then tax some more.
Scott Walters March 06, 2013 at 02:58 PM
The superintendent does live inside of the school district. But the school board refuses to seriously consider other options in bringing in revenue. A Director of Development and Alumni Relations, paid on a commission basis,would be a help, not a cure....but to not have one for so many years since first proposed has lost the district a lot of money and materials...just ask private schools, colleges and universities...
Singlemom March 06, 2013 at 07:56 PM
I have to fund my own benefits and my own retirement. Single mom struggling to stay here. In 5 yrs will sell out to the ones who knock on the door with cash. but atleast i will have saved some of my retirement cause I am currently cashing in my 401k to pay for other people's salaries/benefits and retirement. Does that make sense? All of it is dysfunctional.
Risa Hoag March 07, 2013 at 03:00 PM
If you want change, we have to back people who run for the school board who have fresh ideas and aren't willing to settle for the status quo. We have to vote for people with new, fresh ideas for the school board. There is a lot that is dysfunctional but "selling out to the individuals who show up on your doorstep with cash" is a dangerous thought. If we all love Nanuet it is up to us to do something about it and simply ignoring the problem, not voting, not caring, and waiting to move isn't the answer. That's a downward spiral that spells disaster for all who live here. Posting here is great, but attend school board meetings and try to make a difference. I still believe in the idea of a Nanuet Foundation and there were about 30 people who signed up to get involved with that to raise money through alumni donations, corporate sponsorship, etc. I could use some help with organizing this. If anyone is interested, please get in touch with me! risa@gmgpr.com
Scott Walters March 07, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Risa, I think you know that I am the only non-status quo candidate who has run for the School Board in the past decade! I still hold out hope that incumbent loving Nanuet voters will come to the realization that changes have to occur structurally or else the situation will become dire and quickly. I will send you a message about the Foundation separately, but I still feel that an employee of the schools will have greater weight and influence over businesses of regional and national nature than volunteers. The foundation does have its place, however, and can be used well. See Nyack's.
Michael N. Hull March 08, 2013 at 12:58 AM
With a $4 million dollar gap to close in the school budget remember Supervisor Gromack placed a 1% surcharge on your school tax bill which raised him $1.5 million dollars to spend on non-school things like putting a walkway around Congers Lake leaving school boards to contemplate laying off teachers. http://nanuet.patch.com/d/blog_posts/nanuets-nightmares Since this money came on the school tax bills the school boards should demand that the money be given back. That would close part of the budget holes and taxpayers have already coughed up the money. Let Gromack spend $1.5 million less on one of the Town's projects. If Gromack doesn't give the money back then educators and parents should not vote for him. Since all of the taxes come out of your pockets does it really matter what Gromack did? He would have taxed you in some other way to raise the $1.5 million he needed. True, but the choice that Gromack would have had to make is to finish building a walkway around a lake or educate our children. Right now one can walk to one end of the Congers walkway and back. Soon we will be able to walk around the lake at a cost of an additional $5 million. That $5 million may be placed on the Town's debt but $5 million taken from the walkway and applied to the school's budget problems and is a more appropriate use of our resources. Your choice, taxpayers & voters, a walkway or an education for your children? It's your money.
somethingfishy March 08, 2013 at 01:19 AM
That district is a mess!!!
Rob T March 08, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Be Happy, your kids could be in East Ramapo.....
raceurX March 12, 2013 at 06:00 AM
Look folks, just move and let the libs who created this mess live in it. The tax's just keep going up because of local Government wages... now the school budget is so out of proportion what do you think will happen? Yes, raise tax's.. and this is why folks leave. I grew up in Nanuet, but can't afford to live there.. they priced me out just like many others. I feel sorry for the folks who are still dealing with this. It is complete nonsense.

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