S. Huntington May Salvage Some Cut Programs

Talks with teachers' union could halt plan to cut middle school sports and other programs.

The South Huntington school board said Tuesday night that it is negotiating with the teachers union for savings that could halt planned cuts in several programs, including middle school sports.

Superintendent Thomas Shea that negotiations could mean funds "could be reallocated" before the budget goes to voters on May 15.

The board had voted on April 4 to make several cuts, including reducing kindergarten to half days and to eliminate the entire middle school sports program and replace it with intramural sports. The sports cut was expected to save about $120,000.

Faced with a state tax cap and concern about voter reaction, members of the board expressed their dissatisfaction and frustration but concluded they had no choice but to cut the programs. Board members Lisa Brieff and Linda LaCara ultimately voted against the budget as presented because of the loss of the sports program and several speakers, including middle-school athletes, pleaded to retain the program.

 Shea and board president Jim Kaden both said a deal with the teachers could be reached and presented at the next board meeting on May 8.

No further details were immediately available on what those negotiations might involve.

The district also unveiled images of its redesignd website, which is expected to go live Thursday. The revised site offers considerably more highlights about student activities, improved calendars, contacts with teachers and other staffers and more information about schools.

Kathy April 30, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Jaimie...when I was talking about development days, I was referring to the prior comments where someone was saying that teachers spend alot of money on continuing education so they deserve large (6 figure) salaries. In the private sector it depends on whether the training is directly related to doing the job or if they person is just getting a higher degree so they can demand better pay. My issue with the subs are that they don't typically teach...it's very difficult for someone else to come in and pick up where the teacher, who is there every day and has a certain style and rhythm, left off and be effective. Usually the teacher leaves busy work for the kids to do and the sub is just there babysitting.
Kathy April 30, 2012 at 04:20 AM
CC...the problem with the funding is that this government, and apparently a majority of the citizens, believe in redistribution of wealth. That's why the system is set up the way it is. If they intended for us to use our own money to fund our schools, we wouldn't have to give our money first to the state and feds and then have them dole it out to whom ever they choose. Until we start voting in people who do not believe in redistribution of wealth and who do believe in free market capitalism, this will not change.
Joe April 30, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Your comments get funnier and funnier every day. Contrary to what YOU are saying, the unions, in fact, do compromise. Well, at least they try to. The teachers union have not only come up with numerous ways to save the district money, but they also have tried to compromise with the BOE. The problem is that the BOE has a "take it or leave it" attitude that puts the unions back against the wall. And when the union doesn't give in to the BOEs demands, the BOE slanders the teacher's union to the community. And there are many more proposals than what you hear at the board meetings or on this site. You (and the BOE) have a funny difinition of the word compromise. The BOE is smart in one sense...they rely on people like you to buy into the BS that they spew. I'm amazed that more people don't see through it but I guess their hatred for teachers is blinding them. If you truly think that the Unions don't compromise, the I really don't know what to say.
Ron May 04, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Any news on whether SHTA voted in favor of the BOE proposal? Full time Kindergarten and many jobs are on the line.
Edward Baker May 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Teachers voted Yes! Educational programs are saved


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