6 Worst Things About Back-To-School

We compiled a list of things we aren't looking forward to.

Rocky Point High School. Patch file photo.
Rocky Point High School. Patch file photo.

Back-to-school time is usually a mixed bag of emotions for both parents and students. As some residents pointed out, there are many things to like. There's the excitement of finding out who your new teacher is and what friends are in your class. New supplies and a new bus. For some students it's the prospect of a brand new school.

Then again, not everyone loves back-to-school time. Or even if you do like it, there are things that just get under your skin. With the help of our readers and followers on social media we compiled a list of the six worst things about going back-to-school in Miller Place and Rocky Point.

The Six Worst Things About Back-To-School in Miller Place and Rocky Point

1. "Stores running out of supplies," said Deborah Schmitz.

2. Darran Handshaw voted for "school buses."

3. Waiting for the teacher assignments. "But that's just because I'm impatient," said Kristina Mirell "It's actually kind of a treat, gives me something to look forward to in August."

4. Getting the children up on their first day back.

5. "Waiting to get the the letter from Miller Place about class teachers and their school supply lists three days before school starts," said Aimee DeRosa.

6. In Miller Place, Denise Rega Russo said she doesn't like waiting for teachers and supply lists. "Most sales are over by the time we get them," she said.

Have anything to add to the list? Put them in the comments below.

Robin Senholzi August 14, 2013 at 08:34 AM
One of the best - being retired and no longer having to put up with the worst things about back to school
Jennifer Hoffman August 14, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Having our RP teachers starting yet again another year working under an expired contract. And knowing our Super makes more money then ANY super in our area. :( disheartened. Rocky Point has the BEST teachers.
Stacy Golik-King August 14, 2013 at 02:13 PM
The BATTLE Getting Mr Tapler The VP of the JAE back in to work and Hopefully Removing the Superintendent and the Assistant Superintendent along with the BOE.
DSmiley15 August 14, 2013 at 03:57 PM
You forgot parents now working on assignments meant for kids, which are way too difficult for kids to do, so it becomes an assignment for parents to complete!
Ernestine Franco August 14, 2013 at 06:35 PM
To: Jen Anderson: In New York State teachers never work without a contract! (Learn about the Triborough Amendment!)
Robin Senholzi August 16, 2013 at 09:20 AM
You are wrong about the contract. They work under an expired contract that has not been updated in 3 to 5 years. It is usually under the cost of living so they are making much less.Cost of living is usually around 3% and teachers raises are usually around 2%.They remain at that level until an agreement is reached. As a result, they fall that much further behind each year they don't have a contract They can't strike by law. Starting teachers make a salary in the low $30's and have just graduated from college with huge loans. Higher paying teachers started out making $9,000 ;paid for a college education as well as a masters and since their salary was much lower it took that much longer to break even. In addition, most don't stop taking classes so they can keep up on what's new thus adding to the cost. They pay for supplies in their classroom since school districts don't pay for decorations, books, etc as well as supplies for the poorer students. I know one year I stopped counting my receipts at $6,000 because I didn't want to be sick at how much I had laid out. I worked for 34 years and went out making far less than someone in business , a baseball player, or someone in politics yet I educated them! I paid into my retirement and I can't afford to live on LI anymore. Something is wrong with the priorities of the people in the US when this happens. Instead of constantly criticizing the educator - think back because you would be where you are today without them
Bea Ruberto August 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Robin, Call it what you will but working under an expired contract means they're working under a contract. Whereas they are still getting increases (no matter how low you think they are), that's still more than people in the private sector have gotten for a long time. Rather than talk about cost of living, let's look at the fact that there hasn't been a cost of living INCREASE in the private sector for years--while at the same time these people are paying for out-of-control salaries and benefits in the public sector. Also, I don't know when teacher's salaries started at $9000--but it was probably when I started teaching--about 30 some years ag0. If you look at the 2011-2012 salaries in Rocky Point over 90 admistrators and teachers make over $100,000. You also state that teachers' starting salaries are in the low $30,000s and they have just graduated with huge loans. You must be under the impression that people in the public sector haven't graduated with huge loans and often have even lower starting salaries. People who are asking that we curb the unsustainable salaries and benefits are not criticizing educators--they just want fairness and a sense of responsibility to the whole community!
Robin Senholzi August 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM
According to a newly released study, a NY mother of 2 is eligible in excess of $38,000 in annual WELFARE benefits - more than the starting salary of a NY entry level school teacher - Does this tell you something??????
LI Mom August 21, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Pretty sure my district starts teachers at $40,000 nowadays. I'm sure the increases slow down at some point, but a teacher getting tenure is what 3-4 years, by then they are at about $60,000 - $65,000. In the MS and HS they have classes for 5 periods - I understand one prep and one lunch - that leaves a period free - most then "monitor" or whatever you call it, the lunchroom, getting $50-$80 an additional hour. Hire another lunch aide, they only mae about $10 and let the teachers each. It's not like it used to be, teachers have quite a nice deal going on. Why do you think there are so many kids coming out with education degrees, so many they can't even get a job? With my job, which has had no contract for 5 years, I haven't seen ANY increase, below cost of living or otherwise, in addition we've had 8 days of salary taken out over the past two years as well.


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