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Will You Support the Revised School Budget Proposal?

Answer our poll or tell us in the comments.

The Three Village Board of Education on Tuesday to present to the community for a re-vote on June 19.

The new plan, a $176.7 million budget that would raise the tax levy by 2.99 percent, replaces the previous adopted budget of $178.6 million that .

The new budget will need a simple majority to pass, rather than the supermajority that was needed the first time around.

How do you feel about the new proposed budget? Will you vote "yes" or "no," or are you still undecided? Answer our poll or share your opinion in the comments below.

justme June 07, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Agreed WM mom. WM administrators seems to like the popularity contests. They really should focus more on academics. I guess they're tired of the academically elite students constantly outshining their own kids so they create silly awards.
Nicco1973 June 07, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Lighten up, school is not just about academics. Kids need to have fun, joke around, be playful. If we had someone like you running a school we'd have a bunch of ticked off kids, falling asleep, from complete boredom. School NEEDS to be a place for learning and fun!! When people speak such nonsense It confirms how miserable they really are.
justme June 07, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Nicco I know it's beyond you, but you should try to understand WM mom's point. You clearly just don't get it.
Louisa June 07, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Have to agree with justme. You totally missed her point. The high school is not Kindergarten. Yes school is a place for learning, and the students should enjoy learning. However, I'm sure there are other activities, designed for ALL students, not just a select few. Did you know that your tax dollars cover substitute teachers salary while the teachers were at these unnecessary awards?
WM mom June 07, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Don't worry Nicco, I am not miserable at all. I agree students need to be engaged in learning and learning can and should be fun. I do not agree with using school time to validate popularity contests. Best hair? Big man on campus? Best eyes? Isn't this nonsense best left to Facebook and reality TV. What's next ,hottest student? Sorry, I expect more from the administrators that sanction this crap. Do you realize it resulted in accusations regarding miscounts of votes and fights between friends? I expect high schoolers to be interested in this nonsense and I further expect the adults not to encourage it. What is gained by giving someone an award for having nice eyes? Aren't high school kids insecure enough about physical appearance? Nicco, please enlighten us as to what the students learned from this?
Nicco1973 June 08, 2012 at 01:42 AM
There is no point, just random complaining about anything and everything that has to do with the schools. If it's not the unions, it's the BOE, then the teachers, next the curriculum and now the activities....blah, blah, blah. I bet I could find just as many things about your profession to complain about. You are not in the profession, you don't know the inner workings. As for Kindergaten, I think not. The little ones are not interested in who is sporting the best hair. I teach in a High School and they are ALL interested in these topics, that's HS. Nobody is not going to sleep tonight because "Ally" got the award for best smile. It's the end of the year and a lot of things are going on during this time. Finals, regents, prom, graduation, all of these tests and activities are both fun and stressful for the kids. Let them have some fun!!! This is not military school!
Louisa June 08, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Nicco...FYI, I AM in the profession and I do know the inner workings. And ALL the high school students are not interested in those topics. As a high school teacher, you should be more aware of the insecurity of students at this age. I'm praying that none of my children ever had you for a high school teacher. You are narrow minded and critical of others for no reason, except that they do not agree with you. A little cranky too ~ no raise next year? No one is against students enjoying high school, but I believe that high school is not a place to be "playful" as you put it. No one is complaining about what others have, they just prefer not to waste their hard earned money and perhaps the "fat" in the budget needs to be trimmed as usual!
Jamie Webb June 08, 2012 at 04:19 AM
See! Nicco73 is the reason that the U.S. is far behind other nations in education. Wake up! It's a different world now then when we were high school students. We could get a decent job out of high school and work your way up the ranks to a decent living. Not today! Competition is coming from the whole world now. You need to have our kids be able to compete on a global stage. Trust me, Chinese, Indian, korean, and other countries students are not using valuble class time for stupid vainity awards.
Jamie Webb June 08, 2012 at 04:21 AM
sorry about my spelling. I'm a product of the three village school system
Its Over June 08, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Vote No! Stop this Union. They lied about Kindergarten, They Lied about JV Sports. Stop their double raises! They lied and tried to puncture the Cap! They thumbed their nose at the Governor! They mocked the tax payers! They ignored the financial planners! Stop their strong arm tactics. Vote NO June 19th!
Nicco1973 June 10, 2012 at 03:21 AM
@Louisa & Jamie-FYI, I did get a raise, thx. When you have gone to school and received your PHD or Master's plus 75, 90 and are paid a measly 60,000 a year salary, then I'll listen. But chances are if you held those degrees you would probably be making a nice sum and not be complaining with some of the other 4%. You're jealous, angry, frustrated individuals who need someone or something to be your punching bag. Certain teachers do not belong in the profession but they are not the majority. Jamie you sound like the type that blames others for all your shortfalls...open a dictionary and get busy. Louisa what do you do? Secretary, aid, custodian, guidance counselor...Interesting how you haven't announced it. You obviously don't teach, so you don't know. And don't tell me I'm not sensitive to the my students feelings when you have NO CLUE about myself or my students...another blanket judgement. Didn't you have yearbooks that read "class clown, most likely to succeed, best dressed?"...you did. Those awards were tantamount to a yearbook. They are humorous and in good spirit. Stop all of your rancor and judgement, it's embarrassing to this community.
Nicco1973 June 10, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Zzzzzzz
Its Over June 10, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Nicco, You are a good reason alone to vote NO. Why would anyone need a PHD to teach in high school? Answer you don't only you benefit with a sabitical to get the useless piece of paper and of course a big pay increase. Vote them home with layoffs. Vote No!
Its Over June 10, 2012 at 05:39 AM
I find it amazing that this union has built in pay raises of upwards to 12000 dollars for each useless additional master or PHD. Why are we putting up with these arrogant flying monkeys? Nothing really changes. Those who can't do teach and those who can't teach, teach gym. Vote no June 19th
J Smith June 10, 2012 at 02:49 PM
To all those who are on here in order to stay informed about our childrens school experience and education, I think it's important to discuss what is being cut in order to even reach this new proposed budget. I do agree that taxes are too high and if things continue on this way they will not be sustainable but I also am not going to blame the teachers, or even the school board for these injustices. The problems exist in Albany where we as Long Islanders are being taken advantage with regards to how much we pay into the system and how little we are getting out. Cuomo makes a tax cap which is unrealistic considering that he then goes and cuts funding to our schools. Where are all of our taxes going now? They are being given away to other areas rather than being used to help keep our schools at the level we deserve. But with that said, I moved into this district with my family because of the great programs we offer which make a well rounded student. I am disgusted that the district has given into outspoken parents to save programs that extend beyond the regular school day. I feel that the regular school day should be preserved for all students and should include anything necessary to keep the school safe, educational and enjoyable for all students. How can we as a community opt to cut programs affects EVERY child while we keep programs which a small minority benefit from. In better, which I believe will come eventually, we can hope to have these things returned.
Its Over June 10, 2012 at 03:57 PM
To j smith I totally disagree with your argument. In the first place if your waiting for Albany to bail us out your in for a long wait. NYS is teetering on financial collapse. There is no money coming our way. Your argument sounds very much like the teachers. Any way to get more revenues into their hands sounds good to them. The answer is the opposite. We need to take from them not give them more. The teachers salaries are out of step with the salaries of the people who pay the taxes. They will either make concessions which isn't going to happen willingly or there will be reductions on staff and services.
Nicco1973 June 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM
The answer to your mindless question is, to better ourselves and our students. I had my Masters degree before I even entered into teaching. There is no such thing as too much education. Vote Yes!!!
Its Over June 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM
You don't need all these advanced degrees to teach high school classes. This is not college. The truth is you get additional pay for each degree you get. It serves no one but you.
justme June 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM
J Smith,why do you think any of our children's programs should be cut? Union raises and benefit cost are the majority of the budget. Why shouldn't raises be merit based and not across the board like other industries? Why can't union workers be asked to contribute more to benefits and retirement? Why does it continually cost more to educate less children? Why are teachers protected by tenure? None of these things benefit any of our kids. Vote NO on June 19th!
Its Over June 11, 2012 at 12:13 AM
The more I read on this blog the more trouble I see. The curriculum has to be changed. Excel is a course? This is outrageous. An hour at most is enough on a simple spreadsheet. 5 principles picked from ex 3rd grade teachers? No wonder they need 5 for only 1200 students. One good CEO could run all the schools. The whole system is failing. Big changes are needed here.
Nicco1973 June 11, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Not only is that an ignorant comment but it's a contradiction to your previous statements. So let me get this straight. You've said that teachers are "flying, overpaid, monkeys," that are doing a disservice to the youth of America and the taxpayers and they shouldn't hold advanced degrees. Wow, now that's a real solution. Maybe we should just hire HS grads to teach the classes, that way we can pay them minimum wage and save everyone some money.
Its Over June 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Advanced degrees are not needed because only the foundation classes are being taught through high school. Yes any 12th grade high school student who took calculus could then teach another 11 grade student the material. simple as that.
Nicco1973 June 11, 2012 at 06:47 PM
You really need to stop writing such nonsense, you're embarrassing yourself.
Its Over June 13, 2012 at 11:14 AM
You are easily replaced. Remember to Vote NO on June 19th. This is a salary freeze year. There is no reason for any increase in taxes. Don’t allow them to threaten you any more. Stop double raises! They should be forced to accept an austerity budget instead of forcing us to pay for a recount vote. Make their union give back pay and benefits. There is no reason to overpay civil servants who can easily be replaced. Force austerity budgets until a voucher system can be implemented. Vote NO!
Had Enuf! June 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Excellent article about the taming of teachers unions and all public sector unions. If we stand strong we can break the monopoly teachers unions have on education. http://www.independentsentinel.com/2012/06/public-employee-unions-iceberg-dead-ahead/
Its Over June 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Great article. I would like to add that Governor Coumo forced all State workers to give back 9 days pay and increase to heatlth insurance of 6.5%. Of course the teachers gave nothing back. This is a good article about Mitt Romney's plan for school vouchers. The teachers union of course spends 100's of millions of dollars in lobby money to stop this. the last thing they want is competition. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/12/us/politics/in-romneys-voucher-education-policy-a-return-to-gop-roots.html?pagewanted=all
Gidget June 13, 2012 at 01:14 PM
You all keep referring to "they"..."the union", etc. What about all the other jobs that have been lost and will be lost in the district? Custodial, clerical, security... People who make pennies compared to others and still have families to support. You are so ready to vote NO to stick it to the teachers and the administration, but what about the people who will lose their jobs? No freeze. No loss of insurance. NO JOB!
Gidget June 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Once again, what about the other people who will be out of a job long before they release teachers and administration?
Nicco1973 June 15, 2012 at 02:46 AM
But critics say that the improvements are small, and that the idea is shaped by ideology more than evidence. “Romney is on poor empirical ground in making a claim based on competitive effects,” said Christopher Lubienski, an education professor at the University of Illinois. They don't have a clue. This seems to help low income children more than anyone else and even still is not a realistic approach. Their just pulling at strings. As for TV, how would this help their situation considering how well the district performs.
Nicco1973 June 15, 2012 at 03:17 AM
It all boils down to the fact that concessions need to be made during these troubling times. Believe me, those 85 teachers that are on the street would give up their raises and then sum to keep their jobs. It's the unions that need to speak to their people and take a vote. Chances are this won't happen like in my district. I don't have the answers for this matter. People believe it's as simple as voting the right person into the position but that's about as easy as voting for the right President. You just don't know what they'll do until their in their position.

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