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DID YOU KNOW: Rocky Point Teachers Negotiating Contract

Here's how teachers can make it about the kids.

DID YOU KNOW:   The Rocky Point School District teachers have been working without a contract since September 2011. A new contract is currently being negotiated.

So this is the time to put the kids first. All they have to do is negotiate a contract that doesn’t ask for more!

 Here some ways to help the district provide the same level of education without increasing the tax burden:

  • Instead of taking both a salary increase and their annual step increase, they can take just one of them. (For those of you who don’t know what the step increases are, they are salary increase teachers get just for working another year.)
  • Instead of paying for only 15% of their health insurance, they can pay 10% more. (Since the district’s cost for health insurance is $6.8 million, this would save more than enough to keep full-day kindergarten.)
  • Instead of taking the 12 sick days annually in their contract, they could take one less. (I don’t know how much this would save, but it would certainly help.)  Currently a teacher can roll over sick days from year to year up to 190 days and when they retire they will get paid for all these days! And since they work 180 days a year, they would be paid more than one year’s salary!
  • And let’s not forget the administrators: They could step up and do some of these same things. (Miller Place School District administrators have agreed to pay $3000-$4000 more toward their health insurance.)
  • And, of course, everyone could agree to take a pay freeze for a year.  Many other public workers (especially on the federal level, have done just that! And many people in the private sector have not seen salary increase for years.

 We all want to provide our children with the best possible education we can.  But everyone needs to step up in these economic times and work together to reach this goal.

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Ella February 15, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Ernestine: First off, I have several people in my family who are small business owners and it is a tough road so I would never bash the industry. The last thing they do is try to be a specialist in education. Being out of the game (is it 30 years?) makes your opinions outdated and ill informed. Even in just the last ten years the transformation of education has been amazing. Still collecting from the retirement system? Convenient. Or was teaching education too difficult then? Maybe Bitter. It is so trendy to just continue to bash teachers. The one line about administration was quickly stated and redirected. It isn't trendy to write about 40,000 perk packages, 0% paid into health insurance, and all of the other fine print facts that we all skip over. You are right, education is about the children. It is also about the group of individuals that are passionate about what they do and come into work everyday with that same mentality. Education is also about a community working together to better the children of our districts (That could be a whole new piece) the constant growing split between the educators and the community is a major problem. Instead of increasing that rift, become the solution in pulling communities together not the ever ranting problem!
Jennifer Hoffman September 08, 2013 at 09:31 AM
Our RP teachers are NOT fighting for more money. In my opinion and being married to a NYS teacher for 17 years teachers do NOT make enough money... If your not a teacher or experience their lives it's hard to understand what teachers really go through. In this case with RP. Our teachers have been fighting for more time in their classrooms more resources to teach our children. NOT more money. This is a fact I know to be 100% true. Now when it comes to RP administration I agree 100%. There is NO way of explaining the outrageous salaries increases and additional admins and coordinators hired at Rocky Point.
Jennifer Hoffman September 08, 2013 at 09:34 AM
The highest paid PUBLIC employees in this country are coaches!!!! With a strong emphasis on football coaches. Who is complaining how much they make???
Jennifer Hoffman September 08, 2013 at 09:35 AM
@joe taxpayer. Ernestine is a women. 😊😊😊😊
Jennifer Hoffman September 08, 2013 at 09:43 AM
Ernestine did you know that teachers actually donate their sick and or vacation days to staff that may have a loved one -wife-husband-child- sick or even dying?? All districts have different protocol on this but it can be done. Most recently by RP teachers who lent a helping hand to a RP teacher who's spouse was gravely ill. After it was denied by Dr Ring. The BOE stepped in after pleads on behalf of their co-worker. In the June minutes you will see the BOE passed a resolution in our district allowing this. This is about being compassionate and fair. It's not all good and its not all bad.

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