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What School Budget Questions Do You Have?

Tell us what you still need to know as the school budget process continues.

The development of the 2012-2013 school budget has been far from simple. Public discussion started nearly six months ago, and continues to swirl following the on May 15.

The school board and administration are now tasked with creating a new budget – one which they have promised will stick to the cap of a 2.99 percent tax levy increase – for the community to approve or reject in the June 19 re-vote.

As the discussion continues, Patch wants to know: What questions do you have as a voter? As a parent? As a taxpayer?

Share your questions as a comment below, or email them to christines@patch.com. Be sure to include your full name and town, and we'll do our best to report the answers.

justme May 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I have a question - why isn't the BOE working with the TV teachers union for some of the 1.9 million? Is it because the "professional staff" they are working with to propose a new budget are invested in the union and aren't recommending it?
Tc May 24, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Kudos justme!!
hadenough May 24, 2012 at 01:18 PM
you've got that right - 5% increase for teachers plus the other 2.2 and 2.8% - incredible - especially when no one is getting any increase. There should be a cap on teachers raises - 2% top. Ask them to pay into their pension. It's all about the teachers. Let them give back since they supposedly wanted to help children - well they're not helping now.
Tc May 24, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Work within the CAP like the other 100 + districts on Long Island did. If this impacts services and programs then demand concessions from the unions. This is not the economic climate for the board in 2011 to have granted an extension of their contact until 2016 with the teachers with raises AND let's not forget their built in step increases annually. This was reportedly done even against the advice of the district's attorney. Wake up people.. Is the majority of the teachers union and 2011 board who approved this fiasco and the current board I observed REALLY for the children of this district?? REALLY?????? give me a break!!
Truffuls May 24, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I want to know why: a mediocre school district has FIVE principals in 1 school & why the teachers/administrators with salaries over $75,000 aren't willing to take a 1-2% salary cut to save the subpar education they provide? must they always threaten parents with program cuts? do they threaten the kids that if they don't go door to door & sell this over inflated budget to everyone the district will punish them, taking away the only good things about their school day? is a gym teacher making over $140,000/yr? do the teachers sit back & play on their iPads while the students read from books? are students forced to turn over their tests to peers for grading? do the teaches make a mass exodus as soon as the last bell rings, and why do they refuse to help struggling students unless they pay them $70-100 an hour? aren't the graduates from this district prepared to write essays? Most are forced to take remedial English & Math courses in college as the HS didn't prepare them for what was expected of them in college. do they always threaten to take away the two cheapest programs to run? Music & Art? The parents buy/rent the instruments & most of the supplies the kids need for art classes. It makes NO sense to cut those! isn't access to sports programs restricted to those with B averages, & why can't the parents pay if they want their child to play?
C. Berry May 24, 2012 at 09:20 PM
This is just a mediocre school district. I remember a time when I had a problem with a teacher at WMHS. I made an appt to see the Principal and before our meeting started he told me how wonderful he thought she was and that he knew her brother and her mother. They were all employees of the district. Obviously he could not be objective and the meeting did not go well. There is no longer objectivity in this district - it's all the employees of the TVSD who also live here vs. the taxpayers who are trying to make a living outside of the district (the real world).
Enough is enough May 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM
The TVTA is running the Board-everyone of them had their campaign funded by the TVTA-things would run a lot better without the TVTA.
Tc May 25, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Kudos to the TVTA President for getting the contract extended for her members in 2011 thru 2016 with substantial raises in this economic climate, and let's not forget the built in step increases. However, SHAME ON YOU for doing so at the expense of our childrens education!! You too may meet your match one day at the bargaining table!
Jim Barry May 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM
"At the expense of the children'? I pay 16,500.00 taxes to live here. At this rate the "children" if they don't like it in the public schools can take themself right over to any "private" school they like. Because if I can't afford the taxes there will be no schools open period.
WM mom May 30, 2012 at 01:26 AM
C. Berry, When the district needs parents to volunteer in the classroom or support the budget, then the parents and school are a team. When a parent has the temerity to voice a concern regarding a teacher or incident at school, that parent instantly transforms into enemy #1. I have seen it happen countless times. Been there, done that. There is no accountability in 3VSD, the parent with a concern is ignored. Jim Barry, If only I could apply the enormous amount of money I pay to 3V and apply it to a private school.... If this were permissible, WM would lose a tremendous amount of its students.
Truffuls May 30, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Years ago, when the idea of charter schools first popped up, I was opposed to it because I thought it would threaten our public schools and make it harder to get a good education for the majority of kids as charters would be too expensive. Now, after seeing how some charter/private schools run and how lean and efficient they are, and how caring they all are for the kids and creating a rich program, and fun environment, for kids to grow and learn, I'm for them. I have friends who teach in charters and they barely make ends meet, but, they love their jobs and love helping kids grow and learn. TV is ripe with fraud and embezzlement. The state needs to take a really close look at, and audit/investigate, the running of this mediocre district.
mary smith June 01, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Why is Mr. Lederar making $800.00 a day? He is doing all of the dirty work for the union stirring things up at some of the schools. This district is very corrupt I hope people who work here start talking because trust me we all know lots of info.

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