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Poland hires a superintendent with 7 years of experience for $104,000 and people are complaining?Isn't that $1000 less then Canfield paid their new superintendent, and didn't Niles cause a big stir a year or so ago when they hired someone for $125,000?Given the competitive landscape, I think Poland got a bargain.
March 20, 2013 at 3:58 p.m.
dennis,here's the problem with your math: the healthcare portion of the budget is roughly $1M. So taking the employee payment from 5% to 20% only saves $150,000. Not that it shouldn't happen as part of an overall reduction package whether the levy passes or not, but nowhere near the figure you stated.
October 29, 2012 at 8:45 a.m.
dennis,here's the problem with your math: the healthcare portion of the budget is roughly $1M. So taking the employee payment from 5% to 20% only saves $150,000. Not that it shouldn't happen as part of an overall reduction package, but no where near the figure you stated.
October 29, 2012 at 8:39 a.m.
And I would agree with you resident. Just saying that no matter what further actions are taken, there will still be a need for some type of levy support. There are no steps that can reel in $2M a year. And your point about $100,000 a year meaning $1M in 10 years is also a good one...just like the fact that the step freeze that nobody thinks was a big deal with save roughly $2M over those same 10 years because that is a freeze that can never be made up...the younger teachers in the system will always make less than they would have been.And perhaps the new Superintendent will be the objective 3rd party you are suggesting(?)
June 17, 2012 at 1:14 p.m.
Just using your own words against you. Ya'lll were the ones saying that the pay to participate was a drop in the bucket...well the thing you are fighting so hard for is an even SMALLER bucket. Way to totally misconstrue my point.
June 16, 2012 at 6:13 p.m.
keepingitreal:It only hurt the kids, not the employees?Bus drivers lost wages and all benefits. Tell them nobody got hurt. Teachers, tutors, and guidance professionals were out of a job, Tell them nobody got hurt. C.mon man!
Ya'll realize that this cry to take medical contributions up 10% saves around $100,000 right? "like shutting off one light in one hallway in one school"
June 13, 2012 at 10:02 p.m.
Let's recap what this "insert derogatory term here" Board has done over the past two years, shall we?
1.) Cut wasteful bussing of HS students2.) Cut staff, reduced hours, and did not replace retiring employees (60 employees affected in some manner)3.) Negotiated a new contract that contained wage freeze and concession (step freeze)4.) Instituted pay to participate fees in order to reduce the amount spent on athletics 5.) Dr. Zorn resigns 3 years before his contract is up and Poland will now be instituting the first Superintendent change in almost 40 years
That's more action than any Poland board has taken in my lifetime here!
The board and the teachers both know they will have to address the benefits package when they sit down at the bargaining table next summer. And there will be either a school closure or open enrollment in the near future too. But outside of that, what's left to address that will get you to support a levy?
June 13, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.
What endless levies? The Poland schools haven't had any additional millage for 10 years!
And for all those screaming for an increase in health care contributions, you do realize that going from 5% to 15 or 20% means a savings in the neighborhood of $150,000, right? Not saying that shouldn't happen (it should and probably will) but even if the teachers were willing to concede twice that much there would STILL be a large need for additional revenue.
The state cuts are the real problem here. Everything else could be worked out among the parties involved, but you just can't replace over $1M without getting it from the local taxpayers. The buck has been passed.
June 11, 2012 at 4:29 p.m.
The tax bill went up because a majority OK'd 3.9 mills for the libraries. Now I love my library as much as the next person, but I think I could have lived with the reduced hours they had in place and given that money to the school instead.
May 7, 2012 at 10:35 p.m.
keepingitreal is obviously not from Poland because he referred to it as "over there" in his first post. For if he did live in Poland, he would know there are plenty of people who are applauding the decision the "three" made to spend less on extracirriculars and more on academics. Maybe the "not listening" part only counts when it doesn't suit what you want?
May 3, 2012 at 8:21 p.m.