Incoming Superintendent: Budget Passage is "Vote of Confidence"

Cheryl Pedisich says she is confident the district can adjust to the changes.

Following the passage of the budget Tuesday night by a vote of 4,309 to 1,961, deputy superintendent Cheryl Pedisich, who will begin on July 1, called the positive result "a vote of confidence from the public."

She said while the transition in leadership may be eased now that the budget has passed, the district will still need to make major adjustments in light of the staffing reductions that have been made.

Among those 109 full-time equivalent positions that have been cut: that parents fear will threaten the quality of education in those schools, along with approximately 45 teachers and paraprofessionals, 25 monitors, 10 teaching assistants, 14 clerical and maintenance workers, and 8 security guards.

"When you consider how many staff members have lost their jobs, that's upsetting," Pedisich said. "There are programs that will not be the same as they have been in the past. We will have to look at how we are able to address the needs differently than we have done in the past."

But Pedisich, who first started her career in Three Village as a guidance counselor 28 years ago, said she believes the district will still thrive.

"We are a district that has had deficits in the past and we have always prevailed," she said. "I am confident that we will pull ourselves together and move forward and do the best that we can."

Its Over June 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM
How about making this union start giving back pay like every other state worker did? You could have saved all those jobs. What will you do do when the deferred raises come up in the next budget? Expect large layoffs this union is too greedy to do the right thing.
EG June 20, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Ms. Pedisich, you are sadly mistaken if you consider the Budget Passage a vote of confidence from the public. There are many of us that switched our votes to yes or abstained from voting no simply because we were not willing to inflict austerity on our fellow residents. It was a sacrifice on our part and doesn't imply confidence in the Budget the BOE put forth. If you would like to have the confidence of the community, I suggest that on July 1st when you begin your role as Superintendent, you start working with the BOE on the next 2013/14 Budget shortfall. Factor in the deferred salary increases and figure out how many and which positions will need to be cut unless salaries are reduced and employee benefit contributions are increased. Then present it to the community for transparency and the Teachers union for negotiation, so that the next budget can fall within the Cap. You will then earn my vote of confidence.
justme June 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I have a question. Why can't kids in TVCSD get their schedules/teacher assignments before they leave school in the spring? Why does our district wait until the fall? Students in our neighboring districts, Smithtown and Cumsuogue get their teacher assignments, why can't our kids?
WM mom June 21, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Well said EG, I know many people like myself felt the second chance budget should have been presented in the first place. If teacher concessions are not made next year , I will vote no. I witheld my no vote this time, but I have little confidence in the Board, administration and union.
Katherine June 21, 2012 at 02:58 AM
The reason for the late placement letters is because it takes time over the summer to place students with the correct mix of classmates and teacher. Parent letters need to be considered as well when placements are made.
Tc June 21, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Kudos EG!!
Tc June 21, 2012 at 04:17 AM
EG... please send your assessment direct to the new Superintendent!!
justme June 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Katherine, then how do Smithtown and Cumsuogue district make placements prior to the end of the school year? Parent input can be gotten during parent- teacher conferences and the student teacher mix is well know far before the summer. Sounds like "Parent Letters", which I was told are largely ignored, are being made into an excuse to hold off in fear of too many phone calls from parents.
kate June 22, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Every district is different...it is better to wait to ensure that classes are balanced and there are changes over the summer with enrollments that affect class sizes.
justme June 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM
No we are remarkably the same as the surrounding districts. Our administration just want to be bothered with phone calls while school is still in session. Better to send out letters over the summer when there is no way for parents to contact the school with their concerns. There is no way that 3V uniquely has a bigger influx of new students over the summer than Smithtown or Cumsequoge. Administrators in our district know how to make themselves unavailable to parents.
INFORMED TAXPAYER June 26, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Somebody should ask the BOE if the $100 per hour they are going to pay the former superintendent for unspecified services is because of a lack of confidence in the new administration? Pedisich has had almost a year to get ready for her new job. Is she ready? Can she do the job?
MW June 26, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I can tell you from experience that parent letters are completely ignored. I submitted a letter for three years in elementary school asking for stricter, academic-oriented teachers because my son likes to be challenged. Instead we got teachers who did the bare minimum and often let the kids just read books when they were done with classwork rather than challenging them with extra work. The administration simply doesn't want to be bothered with parents calling the school all summer.
Sam July 19, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Can someone please explain to me how we got rid of "assistant principals" to save money only to hire them back as "assistants to the principals" how is this saving money?!?!? This district is unreal!


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